How did WOO GARDEN get its start?
Founded in Summer 2015, WOO GARDEN began selling four flavors of jam—BLOOM, DAWN, DUSK, and CLOVER—at farmers' markets. Today, we're proud to offer more than nine flavors, plus seasonal collections sold both locally and online.
What's the best way to use WOO GARDEN jam?
Move over, PB&J. Most people have tried jam on toast, biscuits, scones, pancakes, and waffles, but that's only the beginning.
Going for sweet? Use our jams as toppings for ice cream, cheesecake, panna cotta, and other desserts. Try them as cake and pie fillings. Blend them into cream cheese to make an original spread. Mix them with whipped cream. Add a spoonful to yogurt or oatmeal for a change of pace.
Going for savory? Let our jams add a burst of flavor to appetizers like cheese and crackers. See how they can transform your favorite grilled cheese or ham sandwich. Experiment with them as sauces for fish, pork, and other proteins. For example, DAWN pairs beautifully with salmon and FRESH is a game-changer on pork chops.
Check out our blog and follow us on Instagram for more great recipe ideas and newly announced collections. We love to see and hear about the creative ways you find to use our jams.
How are WOO GARDEN jams made?
All WOO GARDEN jams are locally handmade in San Jose, California, in a commercial kitchen.
When cooking our small-batch jams, we make only about a dozen jars' worth and we use a traditional method. First, the fruit is combined with sugar and lemon juice. Then we cook this mixture until it reaches the ideal texture. Finally, we add additional ingredients, like liqueurs or honey, to achieve the perfect combination of flavors.
How do you choose the names for WOO GARDEN jams?
We like to have fun with it. Typically, we'll choose a name from our inspiration list, then work to create the perfect combination of ingredients to match.
Since we want to create complex flavors that everyone can enjoy, we take our product-development process seriously. Before any new flavor is approved for production, it has to make it past our group of skilled tasters and their candid feedback.
Where does WOO GARDEN get its fruits?
To draw from the widest range of possible flavors, we source fruits from local and nonlocal vendors alike. We love the spectacular quality of fruit offered by local growers—and we enjoy using fun ingredients like pineapples and cherries, which aren't always native to the area or available year round.
How are WOO GARDEN jams sweetened?
We use real sugar because it provides two great benefits: not only is sugar a natural preservative that eliminates the need for harmful artificial preservatives, it also delivers the best results in terms of jam taste, color, texture, and shelf life.
Which WOO GARDEN jams contain alcohol?
Our liqueur-infused jams are DAWN, DUSK, LUST, MERRY, and MUSK.
For flavoring purposes, we add select alcoholic liqueurs to these jams. Most of the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process, leaving only trace amounts remaining. All of our liqueur-infused jams contain less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
Do WOO GARDEN jams contain additives?
No, we never use preservatives, pectin, or artificial colorings.
Do WOO GARDEN jams contain any food allergens?
Currently, none of our jams contain tree nuts, peanuts, nut extracts, peanut extracts, milk, or pearl dust (which may contain shellfish). Although we maintain best practices, please note that our jams are processed at a facility that handles nuts and other potential allergens.
What's the best way to store WOO GARDEN jams?
Unopened WOO GARDEN jam should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place, like a pantry or inside a kitchen cupboard. Our jam stays fresh for 4 to 6 months after the purchase date when directly purchase from WOO GARDEN.
After opening, refrigerate WOO GARDEN jam. Opened jam should be consumed within 1 month. And, of course, always use a clean utensil when scooping jam out of the jar.