Fruit Butter Versus Jam

Here is a quick compare between fruit butter and jam.

Fruit Butter

Fruit butter is a smooth spread made from pureed fruit, sugar, and lemon juice and spices that are slowly cooked to a smooth, spreadable consistency. Compared to jam, the resulting product contains less sugar and a shorter shelf life (about 6 months versus a year). Common fruit butters (there is no actual butter) include apple, fig, mango, pear, and prune.


Jam is a thick, chunky spread that is made from crushed, chopped or puréed fruit cooked with sugar. The fruit's natural pectin imparts firmness to jam resulting in a semi-jellied texture that is easy to spread but not liquidity. Jams are usually made from the pulp and juice of a single fruit without the addition of other flavors. Jam typically has a chunkier texture than fruit butter.