Alsace 101: Christine Ferber, the Jam Lady
September 25, 2018
Known as the “Queen of Confitures,” and the “Jam Fairy,” internationally known master patisserie Christine Ferber has made her name by specializing in jams and jellies and authoring several cookbooks on the topic. Along with her brother, she operates La Maison Ferber, the family business founded by their Maurice in 1959. The company is located in the small village of Niedermorschwihr, in the heart of the Alsatian vineyard.
The company may have had humble beginnings, opening in the same house where the family lived, but now boasts placing its jams in prestigious places such as Crillon and George V in Paris, London’s Connaught Hotel and the Four Seasons in Hong Kong. Her fans include chefs Pierre Herme and Alain Ducasse and Martha Stewart.
While her reach is international, the fruits are sourced from local farmers in Alsace, many of whom have long-time contracts with the family. The fruit is cooked in copper cauldrons, in small batches—no more than 4 kilograms at a time.
Each small jam pot is filled by hand, and Christine often inspects the fruit herself. Happily, you don’t have to live in Europe to buy her jams: choose a selection from annmarie.com, goldbelly.com or amazon.com.