© 2023 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Trappist Monks Make Fruitcake in Southern Missouri

By Jennifer Moore


Ava, Missouri – For over fifty years, a small secluded monastery of Trappist monks has thrived in southern Missouri. The Trappist tradition calls for contemplation and prayer and self-sufficiency. So for the past 20 years, the monks have been baking dark and rich fruitcakes to sell. They oversee the entire process, from marinating the fruit, to mixing, to baking, to packaging and aging, all in the monastery. It's now the peak season for fruitcake, for better or worse, and the monks are hard at work. KSMU's Jennifer Moore brings us their story from Ava Missouri.

This story aired on KC Currents. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KC Currents Podcast .

KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and powerful storytelling.
Your donation helps make nonprofit journalism available for everyone.