II: Azarole

How making jam from little fruits is a lot like art?

II: Azarole
Azarole fruit ripening. Photo by Andrzej Konstantynowicz.

Good morning. Today is duodi, the 22nd of Brumaire, Year CCXXXI. We celebrate l'azerole, a hawthorn bush that grows a small, tart fruit.

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Described as "thirst-quenching" and "refreshing" despite being super tart, these little fruits were all the rage in Renaissance Italy, but their fandom doesn't spread far from the Mediterranean shoreline. Azaroles seem to help with hypertension due to their high level of antioxidants.