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We make fresh, seasonal jams from organic fruit sourced within 150 miles of our Emeryville kitchen. By sourcing produce directly from local organic farmers we're able to get the best possible fruit - fruit that’s picked ripe and is absolutely fresh.
Our single-varietal jams are crafted so that each fruit varietal's unique essence and natural subtleties shine through in bright flavors. A jar of jam contains fruit from a single source! We don't mix fruit, we don't add herbs, spices or flavorings - INNA jam tastes like the freshly picked fruit from which it was made, each jar a time capsule of flavor.
Hi! I’m Dafna Kory, the founder of INNA. This whole thing started one Thanksgiving a few years back when I came across something I’ve never seen before. Some friends were serving these amazing little appetizers – crackers topped with cream cheese and jalapeño jam. Well, I thought those little appetizers were just the best thing ever and proceeded to eat so many of them that I couldn’t really eat the Thanksgiving meal that followed.
I thought to myself, “self, I’ve got to get some of that jalapeño jam,” and checked every store I could think of, but alas, no jalapeño jam to be found anywhere. I finally gave up on finding it at a local store, and decided to just make it myself from scratch. I developed a recipe, made a batch of jam, kept a jar for myself and gave the rest away to friends and neighbors. Everyone who tasted the jalapeño jam got hooked, much like I did, and asked for more. Before I knew it, I was making batch after batch of jalapeño jam, and INNA was born.
Click HERE to watch Dafna bike to buy fresh fruit at the Farmers Market and make seascape strawberry jam at the INNA jam kitchen on the PBS show The Victory Garden's Edible Feast.
The Reveal (F.A.Q.)
How do you pronounce INNA?
It's pronounced like "I'm in a jam" - inn-ah.
Since "in a pickle" means pretty much the same thing as "in a jam" (essentially, stuck), I thought it would be great (and punny)! Now we make chili salts too, and are calling them inna pinch - which coincidently has pretty much the same meaning as in a jam and in a pickle :)
Nearly all the produce that becomes INNA jam is grown organically within a 150-mile radius of our kitchen in Emeryville. Our peppers come from Hollister and Capay, our berries come from Watsonville, Davis, and Hollister, our stone fruit come from Winton, Gilroy, Lodi, and Capay, our lemons and limes come from Capay, Orland, Corralitos, and Gridley, our figs come from Capay, our quince come from Portola Valley, our apples come from Linden, our kiwis come from Gridley. Our organic apple cider vinegar comes from Sebastopol. The only exception to our 150-mile rule is our organic marsh ruby grapefruit (grown in Southern California), organic white ginger (grown in Hawaii), and organic fair-trade yellow ginger (grown in Peru).
Because we only use fresh and local produce, we are limited by the seasons. For example, even though jalapeños are available year-round at the supermarket, local jalapeños are only in season July-November, so that’s when we make our jalapeño jam.
We always use organic and sustainably-grown fruit and organic sugar. Not all the fruit we use is certified organic (the high cost of certification is too expensive for some farmers), but it's always grown using organic methods.
All INNA products are free of nuts or gluten ingredients and are made on equipment that is not shared with nut or gluten ingredients. In fact, our kitchen is completely allergen free! There is no trace of gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, or meat in our kitchen.
Can I come by your kitchen in Emeryville and buy jams/shrubs/pickles/fruit snacks/salts?
Absolutely! Our regular open hours for November and December:
and earlier/later by appointment (you can make an appointment by calling us 510-214-6620, or emailing us at email@example.com).
We are located at 1307 61st St, Emeryville.
Also, please join us for our WINTER OPEN HOUSE!
Saturday, December 9th, 10am-3pm and Sunday, December 10th, 10am-3pm.
We'll have all our jams, shrubs, pickles, fruit snacks, and chili salts available to taste!
How long will INNA jam last?
A jar of INNA jam is at its best 2 years from the day of production (check the "best by" date on the bottom of the jar), but really as long as the jar is sealed it won't spoil and can last indefinitely (although for brightest, freshest flavor we recommend eating it by that "best by" date). Once you open your jar of jam it must be refrigerated. The pepper jams will keep for up to 1 year in your fridge, the fruit jams we recommend eating within a month or two after opening for best flavors and quality. Because INNA fruit jams are a natural product with no artificial preservatives and lower sugar content, they are more perishable than your typical store-bought jams. If you waited a long time to open your jar of jam and found that the "best by" date has passed don't worry - the jam hasn't spoiled, it just isn't at its peak. Go on, open it and enjoy it today!
How long will INNA shrub last?
Indefinitely! The vinegar has incredible preserving properties, so our shrubs will never spoil. The flavor and color will fade over time, but it will never go bad. Refrigeration isn't necessary for our shrubs, but it definitely won't hurt!
How long will INNA pickle salt-preserved lemons and limes last?
Indefinitely! The acidity of the lemons and limes plus the preserving properties of the salt will ensure that these pickles will keep indefinitely. I think these get better with age - the older the tastier! Be sure to refrigerate after opening.
How long will INNA pickled black mission figs last?
Indefinitely! The vinegar has incredible preserving properties, so as long as the figs are submerged in liquid and refrigerated after opening they will never spoil. The flavor and color will fade over time, but it will never go bad.
How much does shipping cost?
In the continental United States (lower 48 states), any size order ships for a flat rate of $12.
Can you ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and military bases? How much will it cost?
Yes! However, at this time shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and military bases is not available on our website. Please place an order over the phone (510.214.6620) or via email (orders@INNAjam.com) and we will calculate the shipping costs for you.
Can you ship Internationally?
Unfortunately at this time we are unable to ship internationally.
I got a package from INNA jam in the mail, what's up with these packing peanuts?
To cushion our fragile glass jars of jam in transit, we use packing peanuts that are made from annually renewable potato and wheat vegetable starch. Reusable and recyclable, they are also water soluble, and 100% compostable in a commercial compost environment.
which jams/pickles/shrubs do you make?
- INNA jam -
spicy pepper jams:
• plenty spicy JALAPEÑO
• pretty spicy FRESNO CHILI
• not too spicy HUNGARIAN PEPPER
• triple crown BLACKBERRY
• obsidian BLACKBERRY
• polka RASPBERRY
• josephine RASPBERRY
• seascape STRAWBERRY
• albion STRAWBERRY
stone fruit jams:
• blenheim APRICOT
• flavor king PLUOT
• dapple dandy PLUOT
• santa rosa PLUM
• japanese burgundy PLUM
• meyer LEMON
• black mission FIG
• black MULBERRY
• hayward KIWI
• APRICOT CHUTNEY with ginger + coriander
- INNA shrub -
• albion STRAWBERRY shrub
• blenheim APRICOT shrub
• meyer LEMON shrub
• black mission FIG shrub
• QUINCE shrub
• triple crown BLACKBERRY shrub
• bearss LIME shrub
• marsh ruby GRAPEFRUIT shrub
• cherokee purple TOMATO shrub
• flamme TOMATO shrub
• GINGER shrub
• HUNGARIAN PEPPER shrub
• wild ELDERBERRY shrub
• concord GRAPE shrub
• santa rosa PLUM shrub
- INNA pickle -
• salt-preserved meyer LEMON pickle
• salt-preserved BEARSS LIME pickle
• pickled BLACK MISSION FIGS
- INNA pinch -
• cayenne salt
• red jalapeño salt
• habañero salt
site photo credits:
home page jam slide show photos by Kimberley Hasselbrink
shrub cocktails and shrub soda photos by Molly DeCoudreaux
all other photos by Dafna Kory