Bonne Maman jam is just about as authentic as can be. With chunks of fruit poking through and plenty of sugar, it’s French jam as has been made for centuries.
As early as the first century, Pliny the Elder described preserving fruit by cooking it in honey, syrup, or wine. Cane sugar is introduced to Europe around the year 1000 by way of the Middle East, and the word “confiture” was born, derived from the Latin for “medicine to lick.” At the time, it described all sweets made of foods cooked in sugar. For centuries, jam was considered a luxury, until beet sugar was discovered in the early 19th century. Now, they’re simply delicious!
Bonne Maman started in 1971 at Biars-sur-Cère, a village in the Lot region known for its plentiful fruit at the junction of the Cère and Dordogne rivers. The jam was so good that it could have been made by a grandmother for her family – hence the name “Bonne Maman,” which is an affectionate name for grandmothers in French. A simple glass jar, a handwritten paper label glued on, and a cap with a red Vichy fabric pattern: this is the way grandmothers used to make jam with all the fruit that ripened in the summer. The recipe is simple: 50% fruit, 50%, and the result is always delicious!
At French Wink, we have a varied selection of classic French jams for you to choose from! Will you spread black cherry, chestnut, quince, mandarine, rhubarb, strawberry & wild strawberry, or golden plum (mirabelle) on your toast in the morning? If you have a sweet tooth, opt for cherry, plum, or strawberry. For a jam with a little more bite, try rhubarb, quince, or mandarine. Chestnut jam is gentler thanks to its nutty flavor.
the fruit on the label
concentrated lemon juice
Bonne Maman jams are made with all natural ingredients. They have no preservatives, no additives, no high-fructose corn syrup; they are sulfite-free, non-GMO, gluten-free, peanut- and sesame-free, and kosher.