In a different article, found here, I talk about how a local company has nailed the flavor of Maine blueberries into products that outshines other businesses that use blueberries, Maine Man Flavah's. I have tasted dozens of other products, many from as far away as Oregon, claiming to use Maine blueberries in syrups, jellies, jams, preserves, muffin mixes and vinaigrettes. I will dare say that most used blueberry essence, extract or flavoring. How can you tell?
Because you can smell sweet blueberry the second you open it....and I mean sweet, almost like perfume. That is the main indication of a fake blueberry addition.
And yes, I mean fake. Even though the extract or essence may come from blueberries in some form, when you scientifically alter pure wild blueberries, it is FAKE!
Not so with both Maine Man Flavah and another, great Maine-based company quickly gaining a loyal following. The Bar Harbor Jam Company. If I remember correctly, these guys have been around since the mid-80's and are truly local, buying and preparing right here at home.
Now they don't need me to give them a plug, one look at their product and it won't take long for you to place an order. One taste of their product and it won't take long for you to reorder. One look at there distribution list, and it won't take long for you to share with friends and family not in this great state.
From Maine to California, stopping at North Dakota, Ohio, Massachusetts, Marland, Rhode Island, Montana, Tennessee, New hampshire and Vermont for our friends who want to see what true Yankee blueberry ingenuity is all about.
I really am trying NOT to sound like an advertisement or paid spokesman, because I am not! When you are a New Englander, when you taste a product using Maine blueberries(for example), you stick with it and you tell everyone about it. This is exactly what I am doing.
For example, I recently tried Bar Harbor Jam Company's Wild Blueberry Syrup. A picture of it is at the beginning of this article, and even though it looks blue, the picture does it no justice. The syrup is not only bluer then it appears in the image, it is PERFECT! Outstanding doesn't begin to describe it.
I also have a bottle of their WILD Blueberry Vinaigrette 2 days ago. GONE!!! Keep an eye out for the recipes I used it in. Just outstanding, AGAIN!
Take a peak at their website here and tell me it isn't some kinda temptin'.(Hey, it's the way I talk, get over it, hahaha.)
For anyone who seeks organic products, take a look.
Chocolate covered blueberries AND cranberries, take a look.
Frozen and dried blueberries, take a look.
Breads and muffins, using wild Maine blueberries, take a look.
Want a topping for your summer ice cream sundae's, take a look.
And finally, for the best Blueberry Soda, take a look to your right, and then the website. Betcha never heard of Old Soaker Blueberry Soda before. Betcha never will drink another brand after this either!
Again, Maine continues to amaze me with its Yankee ingenuity, hard work, perserverence and above all, sticking with the world's best crop with no other artificial blueberry additives needed. You guys really are Jammin.