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Portugalia Marketplace adds line of organic jams

You never know what you’re going to find when you walk into Portugalia Marketplace. A few months ago, an artist from Portugal spent a week sculpting a nativity scene out of packing foam. And now, the table at the front of the store where the baby Jesus lay in a manger for the Christmas season is host to a line of organic jams and related products from Portugal.


“We’ve had a few tastings already and people seem to really love them,” said store manager Rose Carvalho, as she pointed to the array of Quinta’s organic flavors.

Some are the perennial jam favorites like strawberry and orange marmalade, but most are a bit more unusual: tomato, pumkin, sweet potato, pineapple, mandarin and lemon.

“They’re all excellent,” said Carvalho. “People tend to gravitate to the lemon, orange and the tomato.”

The lemon, she said, is great incorporated into a bit of plain greek yogurt or to use on the rim of a margarita glass before dipping it in salt.

A sweet/savory flavor, the tomato is excellent on an “everything” bagel or try a bit of it mixed with Shy Brothers Cloumage Cheese, suggested Carvalho.

The orange marmalade is a natural on buttery warm toast, but it’s also nice mixed into a sauce for a duck breast, said Carvalho.

To accompany the jams, the Quinta Beer Biscuits are available in two flavors: sesame or fleur de sal.

For those who want to sample a few, there’s sets of two or three jars or larger gift boxes complete with a piece of ceramic artwork. The “Family and Friends” gift set actually includes a gift: a black ceramic sparrow, an iconic symbol of Portugal. The set also comes with three jars of jam and a bag of beer biscuits. “This would make a nice parents’ or grandparents’ gift for Easter. Or a nice hostess gift,” said Carvalho.

A tradition that dates back to 1891, artist Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro created the ceramic sparrow to hang from the ceiling of the Monaco Tobacco Shop in Rossio, Lisbon. The design caught on and the sparrows in flight became a symbol on everything from building facades to dinnerware.

Another one of Pinheiro’s creations, a ceramic sardine, is the “gift” in the “Special Times” gift box, which comes with three jars of Quinta organic jams, biscuits, a can of sardines and the Bordallo ceramic sardine.

Those who are interested in making a gift of a ceramic sardine, or a whole collection of them, will find an entire display of the collectible items with designs created by a roster of international artists. “I’ve seen people hang them in ‘schools’ on their kitchen walls,” said Carvalho.

For Easter, the store is expecting a shipment of chocolate eggs with a gift inside from Portugal and Kinder chocolate eggs from Germany that have a little prize inside for the kids. “People have already been coming in asking for them,” Carvalho said of the popular Easter treats.

For more information, visit www.portugaliamarketplace.com.

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