Today is Fat Thursday in Poland, Tlusty Czwartek. The tradition is to eat pączki, a pastry that resembles a glazed jelly doughnut. My friend Klaudia told me that the most authentic filling is a rose jam. The ones I bought have a strawberry preserve. (I will have to keep sampling!)
This conversation led to Klaudia telling me that Poles also put the rose jam in hot tea. I checked two supermarkets on the way home looking for rose jam but came back empty handed. Never mind; I'll try hot tea with one of the jams we have in the fridge.
I chose a mixed fruit jam - apple, plum, and cinnamon. I put a heaping teaspoon full in a cup of black tea and it was delicious, a much more fruity flavor than fruit flavored teas. I'm going to have to try this with iced tea this summer too.