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Jane Vobe's Tomato Conserve

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∙Jar of tomato marmalade
 ∙ A sweet spread with a hint of citrus
 ∙ Inspired by 18th-century recipe 
∙ Gluten free
 ∙Made in USA 
∙ WILLIAMSBURG by Smithfield Specialty Foods
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In historic style, America's favoritethe tomatois re-imagined as a sweet and tangy conserve. This recipe, a family favorite of Colonial Williamsburg's executive chef, is similar to the sweet tomato marmalade published in 1824 in Mary Randolph's "The Virginia Housewife." King's Arms Tavern was run by Jane Vobe, one of Williamsburg's most successful tavern keepers. In 1772, she announced her location as "opposite the Raleigh, at the Sign of The King's Arms", a name that she changed to the Eagle Tavern after the Revolution. The King's Arms Tavern now offers traditional southern dishes served in an atmosphere reminiscent of America on the eve of the American Revolution.
"The tomato was introduced to Europe by Spanish in the 1500's. It spread through southern Europe and slowly made it's way north. It was not instantly popular with the English but they did use it in some soups and with eggs. Williamsburg has had a long history of eating tomatoes going back to a Portuguese physician who recommended eating it to George Wythe and Thomas Jefferson. The first cookbook written in Virginia has a number of tomato recipes including the first mention of a tomato catsup and a tomato marmalade that is the basis for our products. The tomato continues to gain popularity in America during the nineteenth century as more southern Europeans arrive here and new uses are invented for it."Today, Colonial Williamsburg's historic taverns serve the hearty and distinctive fare that sustained the Founding Fathers — with contemporary flair and Southern hospitality in authentic surroundings.

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