Frigidberry Jam Item in Valayo | World Anvil

Frigidberry Jam

The ultimate comfort food: toasted homemade bread spread thick with frigidberry jam and served with a hot drink
In the northern countries of Rhovan and Necros, frigidberry jam is made from local berries grown in the foothills and on the mountainsides. This jam has been a staple of this region for thousands of years, and for some settlements, like Lapirus, the berry jam provides much needed nutrients and calories in the winter months.   This jam gets its name from the harsh conditions of these berries' natural growing range.

Berry Medley

The composition of the frigidberry jam varies from region to region and year to year based on the available berries. The more expensive and more highly-coveted jams will feature the rarer berries growing in the harsher conditions at higher elevations. Many claim these harsh conditions produce better tasting fruits and jams.   Traditionally, frigidberry jam and preserves are made with foraged berries located throughout Rhovan and Necros. Some families keep the tradition, foraging for their berries in autumn and preserving them for the long winter months. Others will plant billberries, crowberries, raspberries, and more near their homes for jam making.     However, plenty of small farms and local businesses cultivate the berries and produce the jam. When supplies are plentiful, they will even sell the preserves to some of their southern neighbors, like the Wild Bison Tavern on the border of Salaris.   Berries (can include some or all):
  • Wild blueberries
  • Bilberries
  • Huckleberries
  • Cranberries
  • Rhovanberries
  • Crowberries
  • Cowberries / lingonberries
  • Bearberries
  • Raspberries
  • + others
      Over the years, added spices gain and lose popularity, and some makers experiment with add-ins such as mint and other herbs or small additions of imported fruits, like lemon. However, the classic frigidberry jam remains the most popular.
    Other Names
    Frozenberry Jam
    Northernberry Jam
    Item type
    Consumable, Food / Drink
    Bright red to dark red or deep purple
    Production Area

    Similar Products
    Frigidberry Preserves (from northern berries)
    Wildberry jam & preserves (made anywhere and varies by region)
    Jam: made with mashed fruits
    Preserves: made with whole fruits
    It just doesn't get better.

    Fierce Competition

    Both foraged and farmed berries are favorites of a variety of wildlife, including:
    • Birds - many species
    • Bears
    • Hares & other small creatures
    • Furhan Goats
    Furhan Goat
    Species | Jul 26, 2021

    A large, hooved mammal well adapted to the frigid conditions of the Northern Mountains



      The earliest version of this jam/preserve was made by boiling the berries in water and relying on freezing or cold storage for preservation.
      Greatly reduced maple syrup was later added to sweeten the jam and better preserve it during the (slightly) warmer months.

      Early versions of the jam were often preserved with honey when it was available through trade with warmer areas. Honey has been used for 1000s of years.
      Once introduced through trade, refined sugarcane quickly became the preferred preservative and sweetener, increasing shelf life for cheaper.
    *Some historians claim the honey-preserved jam came first and inspired the maple syrup preservation technique, which is unique to the northern mountain regions.
      More recently, producers experiment with sugar refined from beetroots, as these can be grown and refined locally. However, this manufacturing process is costly and inefficient and therefore only gains popularity when sugarcane is too expensive to import and/or supply is low.  


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    26 Dec, 2022 01:05

    Like the article. Got me thinking too, do they add any other ingredients like certain herbs or spices to it? Just to flavour it or as a family tradition.

    Starfarer Theta
    26 Dec, 2022 15:20

    Sitting here in front of a fireplace with a book and enjoying the comfort of sourdough bread and frigidberry jam. I don't usually do this well, so I'm trying to enjoy every minute of it. I say trying, because the goat outside my window seems to want the jam very much. Hopefully keeping on eye on it is not too distracting. I need to study this book for anything that can help with my next trans-dimensional attempt to go home.   Every realm I've passed through differ somewhat in natural law. Not sure what to make of that, but it is an interesting observation nonetheless considering that each has been livable thus far. - Nemo, World Traveler

    28 Jan, 2023 17:46

    Despite having well-done formatting and making me hungry, I loved all the visuals here. The color blended together with the overall aesthetic so good I didn't lose focus while reading the content. Love it!

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    27 Jun, 2023 17:27

    Yum! I like the notes about the historical evolution and regional variations. This is also a very pretty article.