The Heritage Kitchen. Traditional treats for today's Gourmets. Homestyle jam, jelly, marmalade, chutney, wine jelly & fruit preserves. Just like Grandma made.


From Memorial Day picnics, Mardi Gras banquets and Passover seders to wedding feasts and Lenten fasts, all of our favorite celebrations include food. But why? Why do we bake cookies at Christmas? Why color eggs for Easter? Why is it lucky to eat certain foods on the New Year? What makes chili appropriate chow on Super Bowl Sunday? Why is chocolate the most popular Valentine’s Day gift?

Every time one of these special occasions arrives, we participate in customs and rituals whose meanings and origins lie buried in history.

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Food History

Even though anthropologists and archaeologists classify the earliest stages of human evolution by the foods our distant ancestors consumed, there is more correlation between food and the advancement of civilization. Food has impacted population growth and urban development, played an integral role in all religions, determined politics and economies, fueled commerce, instigated conquest, and occasioned the discovery of new territories.

Our constant quest for new ingredients and improved methods of preparation has supplied the building blocks of humanity’s development.

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