“ Brand: Wilkin & Sons „
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I love ginger. Anything ginger flavoured I'll try. If it's ginger, I'll like it...hell, I even like the ginger one from Girls Aloud. I must have inherited it from my Nan, when her obsession with the flavour, more or less forced me to try crystalised ginger covered in chocolate, for the first time. Love it. On one of my Tesco shops, I came across a jam I had never heard of before (drum roll, please)...Ginger Jam, or rather Ginger fruit spread. It went in my trolley without thinking.
When I got it home, I made some toast ready to be gingerified. Once opened the smell wasn't strong, but there is a very pleasant yet subtle gingery waft. I was surprised by how runny the jam itself was. Within the jam were pieces of cut ginger, so they were evidently chopped instead of grated, as I was rather expecting (is that a strange thing to expect?). The jam has just enough viscosity to support the pieces, but once on hot toast, melts into the bread, causing it look like orangey lumps scattered on toast, rather than a regular jam that can hold its own.
The taste again is most definitely ginger, but perhaps a little too sweet, which made me take a dislike to it at first, then I bit into a piece of the stem ginger, and the sharpness balanced out the sweet very nicely (thankfully). I would have preferred it to be a bit thicker overall, as the somewhat watery consistency of the jam didn't make it look as appetizing as I would hope, however nicely presented the quaint old fashioned labeled jar is.
This was the first ginger jam I had tried before. It comes in a 285g jar (pretty standard size), so lasted a reasonable amount of time. I paid just under 2GBP for the jam, which was quite pricey in my book. I would buy this jam again, but only if my ginger craving was too high and couldn't be satisfied by some ginger cake, ginger beer or ginger chocolate. I will be on the look out for more Ginger jam by another company though, as I'm sure it can be made better and thicker. Bring on the gingerness.
Just by the by, I've noticed that the company who make this, Wilkin & Sons (tiptree), also do some other rather tempting selections of jams including: Cranberry & Cointreau, Apricot & Armagnac and Little Scarlet Strawberry (whatever that is)
Recommend, but with a mild caution not to raise hopes too high
Thanks for reading
© MarcoG 2008