Bar-le-duc jelly

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Bar-le-duc jelly
A jar of red currant jam
Place of originFrance
Region or stateBar-le-duc
Main ingredientsCurrants (white currants or less commonly, red currants)
Other informationalso prepared in some former French colonies, notably New France (now Canada and the United States)

Bar-le-duc jelly (French pronunciation: [baʁ dyk]) is a highly regarded preparation of jelly originally composed of select whole seeded currants, typically white currants or red currants.[1] The name Bar-le-duc refers to the geographical origin of the preparation in the French town of Bar-le-duc. Since the jelly's first documented reference in 1344, the culinary name "Lorraine jelly" is occasionally used, as the city of Bar-le-duc lies within the boundaries of the former province of Lorraine.

Commonly served as an accompaniment to game, spread on bread, or with foie gras, it is considered a culinary luxury, purportedly sharing an elite status akin to Beluga caviar and is colloquially referred to as Bar caviar.[citation needed] The typical product is a jam, with the berries remaining intact in a thin syrup. About 200 currants go into one 85 gram jar (approximately 3 ounces), which costs approximately €18 a jar in Bar-le-Duc (as of 2021) and $40 in the US (as of 2008). The spread has been enjoyed by notables such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, and Mary, Queen of Scots.[citation needed]


As of 2012, the House of Dutriez in the town of Bar-le-Duc provides one of the very few hand-made preparations still on the market, la confiture de Groseilles de Bar le Duc (Currant Preserve). The traditionally hand-made product involves épépineurs or épépineuses (seed extractors) de-seeding the currants with goose quills to flick out the tiny seeds without disturbing the flesh of the small fruit. Sometimes sweetened jellies, consisting of mashed and sieved currants of a significantly lower cost and quality, appear on the market under the same name.[2]

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  1. ^ "Le caviar de Bar-le-Duc". Maison DUTRIEZ (in French). Retrieved 2021-12-02.
  2. ^ "A Jam Fit for a Queen, Dutriez Bar-Le-Duc". FXcuisine. Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2013.


  • Barry, Ann. Bar-Le-Duc Currant Preserves. The New York Times : Arts and Leisure Section. January 30, 1983.
  • Anon. Royal Jelly. Waitrose. February 2000
  • Anon. Homepage of Bar-le-Duc France, Delights and Traditions, in English Ville de Bar-le-duc, France. August 2009.

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