This Blue Apple Jam is Turning Heads
I’m not sure about you, but jam is a staple food ingredient in my house. I love the variety of flavors , the texture, the hundreds of ways to eat it, and of course, the fun and vibrant colors.
Spread a few different jam flavors on some toast and you could almost create a rainbow. Strawberry is red, apricot is orange, raspberry is pink, pineapple is yellow and apple is blue.
What? Apple jam is blue?
Yeah, you heard me right. In the Aomori prefecture in Japan, apple jam is a vivid and beautiful looking blue. The jam, alongside a handful of other foods, was originally crafted by JT & Associated in order to promote the special Anchan herb and help boost the struggling Thai economy.
This Anchan herb, also known as butterfly pea, is the secret ingredient which gives the jam its eye-catching color. The stunning indigo flower is a common sight in Thailand and Burma and has been used for centuries to create natural dyes. The flower is often drunk as a tea, with a splash of honey and lime on the side. This lime, when combined with the herbal tea, allows the drink to change colors and shift from a deep blue to a light purple depending on the amount of citrus added.
The jam was previously available for sale at the Aomori Honest Village, a shop selling quality local produce and regularly sold out within days. Luckily for us, it’s now available to those outside the Aomori prefecture at the Village Vanguard’s online shop for $8-$13US depending on size.
The jam can be used in tea, spread on bread, mixed in yogurt, next to some cake, and really, in a whole variety of other ways.