Gem De Coacaze

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Dark red jam made of Romanian berries
Dark red jam made of Romanian berries

There are certain foods that are not as readily available in the United States. Homemade jam consisting of fruits that don't exist here are are typically found in Romania remind me of home and my childhood in Romania. And, when my mother moved to America in 1995, she brought a bunch of traditional food with her, including "gem de coacaze," which is a type of jam made of red berries native to the land. My mother wanted to bring a piece of the country with her, and she did so through food. Whenever I am craving something sweet, I eat it and am reminded of this immigration story. 

Place(s): Romania
Year: 1995

– RR

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant