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Black Cherry Confit

$18.00 / 250 g Jar
black cherry confit specialty foods
Black Cherry Confit
  • by La Maison Du Piment
  • France

Hailing from the Basque Country of France and made from cherries harvested at their peak ripeness, this Black Cherry Confit is a sweet and tart confection. The succulent, juicy fruit spread pairs exceptionally well with smooth, nutty sheep’s milk cheeses from the same region, like Pyrénées Brebis or Ossau-Iraty.

“Sweet and sour at the same time, this Black Cherry Confit is bursting with the flavor of ripe cherries. It’s a unique spread to offer to guests on a cheeseboard or to elevate your favorite breakfast dishes like yogurt or oatmeal.”
Murray’s Cheesemonger – New York, NY
Black Cherries, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Pectin.
  • Black Cherry Confit is made from cherries harvested at their peak ripeness.
  • They can only be collected once the tree is considered mature enough to harvest.
  • It takes about a decade for black cherry trees to mature enough for harvesting. Such black cherry trees are recognizable by their cracked, dark gray bark, long, shiny leaves, and almond-like fragrance.
  • Once picked, the cherries are preserved using the confit process. Confit is a generic term used to describe food that’s cooked in fat, oil, grease, or syrup.
  • When sealed and stored in a cool, dark place, confit can last for months or even years.
  • It’s one of the oldest ways to preserve food and is commonly used in the southwest of France—as is the case in the small village of Ustaritz in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region where the Black Cherry Confit originates.
  • Vincent Darritchon, the producer behind La Maison du Piment, first started his business in 1996, when he began harvesting and packaging Espelette peppers, a cultivar found in his native French Basque Country.
  • He soon expanded his product line to include other specialties of the region, including his sweet-yet-tart black cherry confit.
  • Basque Country is known for its black cherries, and each year the village of Itxassou hosts a cherry festival. 

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