Lemon Verbena Anise Hyssop Plum Jam

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Lemon Verbena Anise Hyssop Plum Jam

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A version of this preserve was made my first summer back in Vermont, which was a bumper year for plums. A farmer had a half bushel of less than flavorful plums that they gave to me gratis. I used them for an experimental plum jelly recipe steeped with anise hyssop and lemon verbena from our garden and a star was born.

The background texture is a plum jelly, long cooked plums with all their tartness and intensity brought out. Then fresh plums halves and quarters are added in the final cooking process. At the end, several stalks of lemon verbena and anise hyssop steep in the finished jam. Both of those aromatics are traditional accompaniments for stone fruit and they chat and interplay in a heady, perfumed way. This is an unusual flavor and it's an especially elegant pairing for blue cheese or shaken into whiskey cocktails.

Ingredients: plums, honey, lemon juice, anise hyssop, lemon verbena.

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