Have you tried Monkeypod Jam yet?

It’s a brand of savory artisan marmalades made with fresh, local ingredients. People swear by it – on toast, in Greek yogurt or by itself. The thing is, you can only get it on Kauai; otherwise, it’s available online, and I’m pretty sure there’s a charge for shipping.

Plus, ordering online means you don’t get to meet the wonderful woman who started the company a few years ago. Aletha Thomas, a middle school teacher, made the most out of her “Furlough Fridays” by making these fruitful creations. This temporary stint in the public school system placed teachers on furlough several Fridays of the school year.

Aletha created fruit jams, jellies and marmalades during this extra free time. The unique part was that she gathered ingredients from local farmers and vendors at farmers markets to give her product a truly authentic Kauaian taste. The name comes from the non-native monkeypod trees that are widespread throughout the state.

Today, you can choose from more than 50 seasonal preserves. They’re available at the weekly Kauai Culinary Market held every Wednesday at The Shops at Kukuiula. Monkeypod Jams are also for sale at various local Kauai stores, including The Aloha Spice Shop in Hanapēpē and Living Foods Market in Poipu. It’s about $10 a jar with flavors like Tahitian Lime Curd and Banana Foster Jam.

MONKEYPOD JAM • Kauai-made marmalade, jam, jellies and curds • Available at the Kukuiula farmers market, various Kauai shops and online (www.monkeypodjam.com)

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