Eating Ayako Jam is a Plum Assignment
Among the things that people easily associate Seattle with is coffee, grunge bands, overcast skies and the Seahawks of the NFL. It may not be long before that the delicious artisan jam of Ayako & Family can be added to that list.
Ayako Gordon can vividly recall growing up outside of Tokyo and visiting her grandfather’s farm where she enjoyed the fruits and vegetables grown there. It is likely that during those times that she gained an affection for food grown from the earth. Fast forward to 2010 when Ayako decided to open her jam company in the Emerald City. It began when she forged an association with Japanese organic farmer Katsumi Taki and his Mair-Taki Farm that grew Asian vegetables, apricots and twenty-five varieties of plums. He wanted to see his unsold stone fruit used and it was then that Ayako went to work creating velvety-textured jams known for their deep flavors.
Ayako’s work in flower arranging allowed her to express well-honed instincts for aesthetics. That creativity and sense for beauty is also seen in the jam products that she makes where the focus is not only on flavor and texture, but color as well. The shades of nature’s fruit are pleasing to the eye as they gleam through the glass of the jewel-toned jars. And there are many flavors to choose from including the Dawson Plum with its tart plum taste and China Red Plum which has a delicate rose-like scent.
You do not have to live in or around Seattle to buy these hand-crafted jams. Anyone can simply go to and place an order. The jams are not inexpensive, but what is being sold on the site is quality and the experience of enjoying a beautiful food. Ayako tells us that “gohan” is the Japanese colloquialism for meal. The next time you sit down for a “gohan” be sure to include a jar of this company’s outstanding jams and taste the passion.