I couldn’t find any data to support this theory, but it seems like people eat a lot more ice cream in the summer. Sure, they have all these healthy fruits and veggies and ubiquitous fresh salads as summer favorites…but there always seems to be ice cream after. :)
Yes, I’m guilty. And today, my niece Jeneva and I followed up lunch with a tasting of ice cream, with a little quince & apple “Figs and Black Tea” preserves on top. Somehow, figs & black tea sounded like it would make my ice cream healthier.
I don’t know about that, but quince & apple (of Madison) sure has hit on a great combination. Jeneva and I tried several two-flavor combinations (such as raspberry-jalapeno) from other preserve-makers. But no one really nailed being able to taste — and enhance — both flavors like quince & apple. The figs & black tea has the rich, sweet flavor of figs and finishes with black tea – almost like you had a cup of tea with your dessert.
They also recommend — on the jar — trying figs & black tea on a sliced baguette or good cracker with goat cheese and prosciutto. From what I can tell, figs & black tea would be almost any dairy product’s best friend.
quince & apple’s web site says they make small batches and slice, dice, taste and tweak every pot to make sure it’s up to their standards. The makers are Matt and Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld and their popularity is obvious in retail locations and media coverage at this point. Available all over the country, you can check their site for retail locations.
Don’t limit yourself to figs & black tea. There are plenty of other combinations, from Pear with Honey & Ginger to Tart Cherry and White Tea. The Stoner Fehsenfelds pride themselves on using the best ingredients available – ideally right around Madison. You’ll also find they have syrups, recipes and pairing suggestions.
Go ahead, make sure you’re stocked up on ice cream or cheese and crackers; add a flavor from quince & apple; then sit back and enjoy. Have a great weekend!