Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Russian Jam: Traditions and History
October 29, 2018 10:20


For Russians, making jam is not just a preparation of a vitamin-rich dessert. This is a special ceremony, kind of kitchen magic. Famous Russian tea drinking tradition with Samovar is not complete without a jam. Russians like to drink black tea with spoons of honey or jam and with pancakes of course. The most popular jams here are those of raspberry, strawberry, black currant, and apples. Russian jam is made by many at home in the summertime and autumn, after harvesting berries and fruits in dacha.
A Taste Of Dacha Life: Home Visit
Where Does it Come From?

It is not known who and when cooked Russian jam first. It seems that it has been made in Russia since time immemorial. Historians tend to believe that boiling jam is a national Russian tradition. There is also a conjecture that the Eastern Slavs adopted the tradition of making jam from the Finno-Ugric tribes. One way or another, but the Russian jam has been there for hundreds of years already.
Welcome to a Russian Family Dinner

How Is Russian Jam Different?
It is believed that cooking berry and fruit jams is a Russian tradition; European analogs are confiture (in France) and jam or marmalade (in England). According to Russian tradition, jam is made from whole berries or coarsely chopped fruits, whereas foreign jam and confiture are generally cooked from grated fruit and berries. In Russian jam, the syrup should be thick and semi-transparent, in contrast to European puree-like jams.
Explore Russia - Book Tours Here
Lasting Tradition

Since sugar was very expensive until the end of the 19thcentury, molasses and honey were widely used to make Russian jam. Anyway, the jam was expensive and so to rich people only. A cheaper old version of Russian jam was cooked without honey: the berries were boiled for 5-6 hours in the traditional Russian stove, but not in the open fire.
In the XIX century in Russia, the skill of cooking jam was highly estimated on a par with the ability to sing, draw, and play the piano. In general, the jam was boiled mainly in noble family estates, and the hostess herself usually managed this important matter. On top of all, every hostess had her own secrets of making perfect Russian jam.
Girls from noble and rich Russian families were taught the art of cooking jam in privileged boarding schools and institutes for noble young ladies. 
Food Tour The Russia Real Food Adventure

Varieties of Russian Jam

Russian Empress Catherine II was a great lover of gooseberry jam. Great poet Alexander Pushkin was also a fan of it. Gooseberry was especially popular in Russia as a whole. As for notorious Ivan IV the Terrible, he was fond of cucumber jam...
Among the fruits that were used for jam, apples were naturally the first thing.
In the garden, every landowner would certainly grow berry bushes - raspberries and blackberries, currants and gooseberries. Harvested berries were mostly used for making jams.
They also liked currants in Russia, especially black ones. They began to be cultivated in Russia much earlier than in Western Europe.
Interactive excursion to Soviet Dacha with lunch in Russian style

Raspberries are probably the sweetest among berries in this country - not without reason it is mentioned in Russian folk proverbs and sayings as the symbol of everything sweetest and tastiest. 

In addition to its wonderful taste and aroma, raspberry jam has long been valued for helping to fight colds; it has mild antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, indeed.
Russian Cuisine – Traditional Russian Dishes You Should Try
Guide on Traditional Russian Desserts
Top 5 Native Russian Drinks You Should Try

Booking.com


Photos from:
 http://itd2.mycdn.me https://club-domovodstva.ru https://st.depositphotos.com/ http://ideireceptov.ru  




Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Russian Cuisine Russian Desserts    

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Russian Salad: the History of Famous Olivier Recipe Gourmet Tours in Russia - Unique Cuisines of the Regions of Russia Russian Christmas Feast: Customs & Recipes Russian Jam: Traditions and History Borsch Russian Beetroot Soup









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

search on the map
TAGS:
Exhibitions in Moscow  Censorship  Chizh  academic conferences  St. Petersburg  Volgograd Region  Moscow  poll  Multimedia Art Museum  Mosaic  Alexei German  Togliatti  Dymkovo  Russian football team  Afghanistan  Kalininrgrad Museums  Peterhof  Russian cuisine  Nestor Kukolnik  Russian tourist destinations  Russian tourism  Plastic Roads  children  Novaya Gazeta  Veliky Novgorod  FIFA World Cup   Boris Grebenshchikov  Russian regions  Russian space exploration  Climatic Change  Valery Todorovsky  travel to Russia  Elks  Russian communism  Polyany  Festivals in Moscow  Leo Tolstoy  Moscow Zoo  Russian Cinema  Moscow stories  Installations  Kirov  Krasnoyarsk Airport  Fast Food  Russian business  Visa   environment  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  International Competition for Young Pianists in Brussels  Photography 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites