Oils, Vinegars, Jams.
Jams, Jellies and Preserves
Fruitful jams, jellies and preserves add sweet, spreadable flavor to one's favorite breads and crackers.
Orchard's Finest Preserves
Smucker's Orchard's Finest Preserves are made from sweet fruits found in the prime growing regions of the United States. It comes in the following varieties: Pacific Mountain Strawberry, Michigan Red Tart Cherry, Northwoods Blueberry, Northwest Triple Berry, Coastal Valley Peach Apricot and Fall Harvest Cinnamon Apple. Each recipe contains just four ingredients, sweetened only with sugar and containing no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The easily spreadable preserves are sold in 12-ounce jars at a suggested retail price of $3.30-$3.50. For more information, call The J.M. Smucker Co., Orville, Ohio, at 888-550-9555 or visit www.smuckers.com
Robert Rothschild Farm
Robert Rothschild Farm, Urbana, Ohio, recently introduced four new sweet toppings, designed with both novice and professional chefs in mind. Pineapple Gourmet Sauce is a tropical topping, ideal for pineapple upside-down cakes; Raspberry Gourmet Sauce can be used on pancakes, waffles and crepes; Strawberry Gourmet Sauce can be served with cheesecake or brownies; Cherry Gourmet Sauce adds rich, tart fruit flavoring atop ice cream, in yogurt or inside puff pastry shells. The suggested retail price per 9.2-9.5-ounce jar is $8.59. For more information, call 800-356-8933 or visit www.robertrothschid.com
Blue Ridge Jams
Henderson, N.C.-based Blue Ridge Jams has a new line of pepper jellies, jams and preserves, made in small batches and combining sizzling heat with sweet flavor. It features the following varieties: Habanero Pineapple Preserves, Habanero Blackberry Jam, Habanero Scuppermong Jelly, Habanero Strawberry Jelly and XX Habanero Pepper. The suggested retail price per 10-ounce jar is $6.50. For more information, call 828-776-7087 or visit www.blueridgejams.com
Helios Honeyed Fruit Preserves
Helios Honeyed Fruit Preserves from Chicago Importing Co., Elgin, Ill., are sweetened with multiflower honey and made without artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives. They also contain 20 percent fewer calories than traditional preserves. Choose from three varieties: strawberry, peach and orange. Helios Honeyed Fruit Preserves are imported exclusively from Spain. They were named a Trends & Innovations Award Winner at the 2010 SIAL International Trade Fair. The suggested retail price is $4.49-$4.99. For more information, call 800-828-7983 or visit www.chicagoimporting.com
Rigoni di Asiago
Rigoni di Asiago of Asiago, Italy, makers of Fiordifrutta organic all fruit jams, has added pomegranate to its line of 100 percent organic jams and spreads. Imported from Italy, they are produced exclusively from selected organic fruit - over 2 kg are used to produce each jar. Rigoni di Asiago uses a patented low-temperature fruit cooking process that conserves the vitamin and mineral salt content of the natural fruit. Fiordifrutta jams contain no added sugar and are sweetened with organic apple juice. Suggested retail prices are 75 cents to $1.00 for a 1-ounce jar and $4.99-$5.99 for an 8.82-ounce jar. For more information, call 305-470-7583 or visit Rigoni di Asiago at www.rigonidiasiago-usa.com or its U.S. distributor, UNFI, at www.unfi.com
Aloha From Oregon
Raspberry pepper jelly from Aloha From Oregon, Eugene, Ore., combines two flavor profiles in one jar. This unusual red-and-green offering can be used to top cream cheese; add crackers for instant holiday hors d'oeuvres. It also makes a unique gift. The suggested retail price per 10-ounce jar is $4.99-$8.99, depending on the area and store. For more information, call 541-343-5519 or visit www.alohafromoregon.com
Oils & Vinegars
Imported and domestic olive oils and balsamic vinegars bring sophistication to pasta dishes, salads and other prepared foods, carrying with them notes of the regions in which they were produced.
Lucini Organic Olive Oil
Inspired by the full splendor and aroma of the tartufo harvest, Lucini Organic Limited Reserve White Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Miami-based Lucinia Italia Co. is made using organic Italian olives that are pressed and infused with 100 percent natural wild foraged white truffles from the Piedmonte region of Northern Italy. Each drop combines the fragrant, earthy notes of "tartufo bianco" and is free from synthetic ingredients. Best left unheated and used to finish dishes, Lucini Organic Limited Reserve White Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be served over cooked pasta, grains, roasted meats and eggs. The suggested retail price is $68 per 8.5-ounce bottle. For more information, call 888-5LUCINI or visit www.lucini.com; you also can connect with Lucini at Facebook.com/LuciniItalia.
De Nigris Balsamic Vinegar
The De Nigris family vineyards and manufacturing facility is located in Carpi, a fertile province of Modena, IItaly, that boasts more than a century of experience in balsamic vinegar production. The company's policy of quality transparency clarifies the different grades of balsamic vinegar, using an eagle symbol on the bottle to indicate the percentage of grape must in each. De Nigris offers several varieties, including 25 percent (white eagle), 35 percent (bronze eagle), 45 percent (silver eagle), 55 percent (gold eagle) and 65 percent (platinum eagle) as well as its aged balsamic vinegar, refined in wooden casks for a minimum of three years. Each bottle is designed for high identification on the shelf and features both the respective eagle stamp and a Protected Geographical Indication logo. The suggested retail prices range from $4.49 to $29.99. For more information, call 201-746-6037 or visit www.denigris.it
Academia Barilla Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from Academia Barilla is a product of Parma, Italy, that's aged for three years in oak barrels, resulting in a tangy, sweet aroma with hints of fruit and oak. The company offers a variety of other balsamic vinegars , including those that have been aged for up to 25 years, as well as olive oils. The suggested retail price per bottle for Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, specifically, is $10.99. For more information, call 847-597-6651 or visit www.shop.academiabarilla.com
Lucero Olive Oil
Corning, Calif.-based Lucero Olive Oil LLC has introduced four new products: Olio Nuovo, Meyer Lemon Crushed, Classic Dipping Oil and Peach Balsamic Vinegar, the last of which won the sofi Gold award for Outstanding Vinegar at the 2010 Summer Fancy Food Show. The suggested retail prices are $36 for a 500-ml bottle of Olio Nuovo; $4, $16 and $26 for 50-, 250- and 500-ml bottles, respectively, of Meyer Lemon Crushed; $18 for 375-ml of Classic Dipping Oil; and $4, $10 and $18 for 50-, 250- and 500-ml bottles, respectively, of Peach Balsamic Vinegar. For more information, call 877-330-2190 or visit www.lucerooliveoil.com
Fabrini Extra Virgin Olive
Fabrini Extra Virgin Olive Oil now is being imported by Chicago Importing Co., Elgin, Ill. Produced in Chile, it is all-natural with very low acidy levels for well-rounded flavor and aroma. Fabrini Extra Virgin Olive Oil is available in 100 percent organic (featuring olives that are harvested at the envero stage - the "perfect" point of maturity - and cold-pressed), Family Original (characterized by its herbal fresh aroma and green flavor notes) and Bold (with a floral aroma, stronger flavor and peppery notes). The suggested retail prices are $5.99-$6.99 for 8.45 ounces and $10.49-$12.29 for 16.9 ounces of Family Original and Bold, and $7.99-$9.29 for 8.45 ounces and $14.49-$16.89 for 16.9 ounces of 100 percent organic. For more information, call 800-828-7983 or visit www.chicagoimporting.com
Bellina Estates Wine Vinegar
Bellina Estates' line of varietal wine vinegars is complex and full-bodied. Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne and Sherry all have distinct wine characteristics, like the grapes from which they came. The San Joaquin Valley, Calif.-based company now offers its aged Balsamic and Golden Balsamic in non-bulk. Meanwhile, its Delta Barrel's EV Olive Oil is made from the Arbosana Olive Trees that are grown and milled in the Lodi wine region of California. All olives are cold-pressed within hours of harvest to produce a fresh product. The suggested retail prices are $6.99-$10 per 375-ml bottle, depending on variety; they're also available in bulk. For more information, call 209-334-5544 or visit www.bellinaestates.com