My first taste of Monkeypod Jam happened when our family came to check out Kaua’i back in December of 2012. We stopped by their booth at one of the farmers’ markets we visited, and were invited to sample the different varieties they offered that day.
Each jam we tried was packed with amazing flavor that practically screamed “Kaua’i.” My hands down favorite was the lilikoi (passionfruit) curd. It was like finding heaven in a jar. The only thing that kept up from buying one of everything (and more than one of the lilikoi curd) was that we were traveling with just our carry-on bags, and would have had to relinquish our treasure to the TSA when it was time for us to leave.
Monkeypod Jam is, hands down, my favorite Kaua’i-produced product. All the jams, pickles and sauces they now produce are made from fruits and produce grown on Kaua’i. Founded in 2010 when teacher Aletha Thomas had 100 pounds of ripe mangos left on her doorstep, Monkeypod Jam now works with over 25 Kaua’i farmers to produce more than 50 seasonal preserves.
Last year Monkeypod Jam opened a shop in Lawai, on the south shore of Kaua’i. Unassuming from the front, inside you can find all their currently available jams and other preserves, as well as (really good) coffee, pastries (some of which include their jams), quiche, soups, sandwiches, and other drinks and treats, many made from locally grown or raised products. Just recently they have began offering whole quiches and quarts of their freshly prepared soups for sale.
The store also offers monthly craft and cooking workshops. Recent classes have included haku (floral head wreath) making, indigo shibori (Japanese tie-dye), succulent terrariums, and pickling.
You can check out all the different varieties of jams and preserves that Monkeypod offers here. I’m also offering a chance to win a two-ounce jar of their Tahitian Lime Curd (tastes like key lime pie!) along with a locally-produced wooden jam spoon and a reusable cloth bag. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below; you can enter once a day (let me know the flavors you like!). You can also earn an additional entry (or two) by becoming a follower here at The Occasional Nomads, or mentioning the giveaway on your own blog – again, let me know in a comment. The giveaway ends on Saturday, May 14.