Bursting with the essence of locally handpicked fruits, these preserves add a touch of sweetness to elevate your culinary creations, from a simple breakfast to a decadent cake.

Bermuda Cherry Jam
Recipe by Mrs. W.E. Meyer, taken From Bermuda’s Best Recipes 13th edition printed in 1986

6 its of cherries, wash and put on to boil with 1/2 pt. of water. Boil until they can be crushed from the pits. Crush through colander. Add to every 3 cups of crushed fruit, 6v 1/2 cups of sugar. Bring fruit and sugar to a boil for 20 or 30 minutes, then add 1/2 bottle Certo. Boil for 2 minutes and bottle.

Bay Gape Jelly
Recipe by Mrs J.D.L. Gibson, taken From Bermuda’s Best Recipes 13th edition printed in 1986

Pick the grapes from the stems, wash and drain them. Mash them with a spoon. Put them in the preserving kettle and cover. Boil them 10 minutes, squeeze out the juice, strain. Allow a pint of juice to a lb. of sugar. Put the sugar and juice into the kettle, boil 20 minutes, skimming well. Fill glasses while jelly is warm, then seal.

Bermuda Loquat Jam
Recipe by Mrs Mathew Thompson, taken From Bermuda’s Best Recipes 13th edition printed in 1986

Seed and cut in half 5 cups loquats, add 5 cups sugar, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water. Put seeds in bag, cook with jam to give flavour and colour. Stir often, boil until thick.

Bermuda Tomato Jam
Recipe by Mrs Dawson Gibson, taken From Bermuda’s Best Recipes 13th edition printed in 1986

Plunge the required quantity of sound tomatoes into plunging water, skin them, and cut them into thin slices. To every pound of sliced fruit, allow 1 lb. of sugar. Boil to a syrup. Add the tomatoes and boil for 20 minutes or until it jellies. The addition of a little green ginger is a great improvement to this jam.

Bermuda’s Best Recipes was first published with 1000 copies in 1934. A compilation of contributed recipes from Bermudian women, the legendary cookbook continued to be published regularly for many years and in 1986, the 13th edition printed a whopping 15,000 copies. The proceeds went to Warwick Parish to fund many charitable initiatives.