FROG Jam and the Art of the Two Finger Wave

Spring 2012 FROG Jam and the Art of the Two Finger Wave As Saluda sits atop one of the first peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the abundant beauty and remarkable mountain vistas make it a memorable place to visit.  But for those fortunate individuals that call this place home, Saluda has a few characteristics that make them unique. On my first visit to the Atkins Orchards gift shop, out by the interstate, I was introduced to their line of amazing fruited jellies, jams, ciders, along with pickled green beans, okra and chutney.  There were the recognizable spreads that we knew from childhood: apple, grape, blue berry and cherry.   Then there the ones that were not familiar to me. Items labeled as Mayhaw and Muscadine Jelly seem to stand out on the shelves.  But the one that caught my eye was FROG Jam.  (A name that conjures images of the little amphibians, outfitted with tiny guitars and drums, playing improvised music . . .  that is to say, jamming.) Turns out that F.R.O.G Jam is as much an acronym as it is a tasty breakfast treat.  The name spelled out is: fig, raspberry, orange and ginger.  The color is an inviting red (not green), with the seeds of the raspberries running throughout.  The taste is as stimulating as that first cup of coffee.  F.R.O.G. Jam has become a staple at our breakfast table here at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and generously spread upon many a hot buttered biscuit.  Our guests will tell you, “There’s nothing like the F.R.O.G.!” The Art of the Two Finger Wave For over one...