Wedding Jams, Part 3: Ribes’ Rogues’ Gallery and the Final Result

Having explained how my wedding jam-making process developed in the last two posts, this third one is just taking a look at the three additional flavors I did in tiny batches. The majority of my fruit donors had blackcurrants and redcurrants, since those are the most commonly grown in Finnish yards. They have the most uses and a family can easily go through a whole crop over a winter, if they are made into juices and jams. There are also a few not-as-common ribes that I was allowed to harvest — whitecurrants and gooseberries. They all produced very different-looking and different-tasting jams, which I had a lot of fun discovering.

Whitecurrants are actually an albino variety of redcurrant. A milder, sweeter-tasting variety, but you can see the resemblance in the shape and size of the berries.

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They also are a bit more delicate to grow, from what I can tell, so I rarely see these bushes around. I think we have one in our yard and I would like to get a few more as time permits. They are rather pretty with the translucent white flesh and red seeds. The jam comes out a really nice shade of light champagne pink. This was a much more understated jam than some of the others — really nice to have all on its own, even, since it doesn’t quite overpower you like, say, blackcurrant can.

Red gooseberries — kind of grapey, kind of plummy, kind of floral… These are usually eaten raw but I was curious to see how these would turn out as a jam.

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They even look a lot like grapes. Cooking them intensified the sweetness and made an almost wine-like jam.

Green gooseberries — these can grow really huge, almost the size of small plums. They were more tart than the red ones but still pleasant enough to eat raw when ripe. Some people say kiwis taste like them, but I’d say they’re a bit… heavier on the tongue? Something like that.

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They even look remarkably like kiwi when cooked. Such a fun color for a jam. Also makes me consider using real kiwis next time for the heck of it.

And here are some pictures of all the jams decorated and arranged at the wedding!

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