She simmers ‘Seder Sweetness’ and other Passover jams
Passover begins Friday at sundown, but Robin Cohen has been making preparations for weeks, if not months. The proprietor of Doves & Figs, an Arlington jam and preserves business, Cohen has been busy simmering up a couple of specialty items that are sold as a two-pack ($11 and $15). “Seder Sweetness,” made with apples, walnuts, sweet wine, and honey, “kind of tastes like haroset,” says the entrepreneur, referring to the symbolic “mortar” on the Passover Seder table. “Spring” combines apples, horseradish, and dill, all traditional flavors, though not usually together. Cohen, who named her business after a passage in the Song of Songs, uses locally grown fruit almost exclusively, and her jams are low in sugar without added pectin. She suggests spreading “Seder Sweetness” on matzo, or using “Spring” as a condiment with roast lamb. The two-pack solves an age-old conundrum for Passover guests. It makes an ideal gift for your host. Available at Savenor’s Market, 160 Charles St., Boston, 617-723-6328 and 92 Kirkland St., Cambridge, 617-576-6328; Cardullo’s, 6 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-491-8888; Firefly Moon, 1305 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-999-0965; Pemberton Farms, 2225 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-491-2244; and City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-1700.