Hidden behind a flowering pink tabebuia tree at the edge of Silver Lake in Los Angeles sits Sqirl. Since 2011 they’ve been making small-batch preserves on site, in copper jam pans, according to techniques developed in the 1500s.
McGrath Family Farms, which has been working the Oxnard Plain since 1868 produces some of the most beautiful organic Seascape Strawberries SQIRL has come across this season. The varietal has quiet a high acidity content. Firm in texture and compact in size and flavor they are perfect for preserving because the addition of cane sugar allows the jam to retain the fruits' authenticity without being cloyingly sweet.
Rose Geranium - which finds itself most often distilled for use in the perfume industry - is instead steeped in the strawberries for a day pulling beautiful Rose scents and notes into the preserve. This jam is elegant -tasting of fresh strawberries with a touch of rose. Classic and classy all at once.