I’ve never really liked jam. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t go out of my way to have it either, especially not on its own. It’s just too sweet, not flavorful, and has one texture.
Then I tried artisanal jam and ascended to a higher plane of existence.
Proper jam should taste like the fruits it was made of and have a similar consistency. I found this out when I got jam from someone who home-makes their special jams and sells them in limited quantities. I have since become addicted to jam on bread and been on the lookout for some other brands to satisfy my cravings. To my surprise, I found that there were a few brands that also sell specialized homemade jam.
Homemade jam isn’t exactly a healthy option, but it is definitely the fresher option. Store-bought jam is usually loaded with preservatives and chemicals that can have a bad effect on your body in the long term, especially for kids!
The ingredients of Cookista are amazing — strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. That’s it. I don’t know how they do it, but regardless, the jam is delicious. Cookista has a wide variety of jams, and some chutneys as well, all of which are seasonal for the best quality. My personal favorites include the caramelized-pear jam and the fig jam.
The only problem with Cookista is that it’s not available everywhere. You can order delivery, which adds another 20 or 30LE, or you can follow their Facebook page to see what events they’re joining that you could go to. I often find them in the Cairo Flea Market, which is usually hosted in Zamalek.
Jammies are just as good as Cookista, and I have to admit – silly as it is – I love their cute names. Strawberry Queen and Apple Pie are more appealing than just strawberry and apple-ginger, but that’s just me being silly. Their Strawberry Queen was delicious, and so was their Apple Pie. I tried their Spiced Pumpkin Mix jam as well, but I was disappointed; I didn’t like the orange flavor in it.
I liked that their jam spreads easier than Cookista, but they don’t have nearly as wide a variety. On the other hand, Jammies is more available, found in Sunny Market and also Seoudi Market.
And then we have Themar. Themar has some normal jams, like apricot and ginger-apple, and some jams I haven’t seen before, like date jam and grape jam. The availability of their products depends on the season. Like Cookista, they’re not available in any store; you can get their jam either by delivery or by going to an event where they are hosted. Fortunately, they go to events frequently. Unfortunately, they don’t deliver everywhere.
There you have it, folks!
The best homemade jams in Cairo!
What’s your favorite homemade jam? Do you know other places besides those I’ve listed here? Let me know in the comments below.