Fruit-and-Cheese Plate Reconsidered
The trend: all-natural fruit pastes, preserves and conserves in a wide variety of flavors and textures, meant to be paired with specific cheeses. Imported from Canada, Palette Fine Foods sour cherry and lemon balm preserve is ideal with goat cheese, while the spiced quince preserve is perfect with nutty cheeses like Parmesan. Made in Wellington, New Zealand, 34 degrees apricot paste is great with soft cheeses such as Brie or camembert, and its plum is terrific with aged Cheddars. High Desert pear conserves and the company's other flavors are made with organic fruit from founder Bill Manning's Kiva Orchard in southwest Colorado; try the cherry conserve with a nutty Manchego. DETAILS Palette Fine Foods preserves: $6 for 6.3 oz; palettefinefoods.com. 34 degrees fruit paste: $7 for 4 oz; 34-degrees.com. High Desert conserves: $9 for 7 oz; 866-248-6584 or highdesertfoods.com.