Varenye is a traditional whole-fruit preserve, very popular in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia and Ukraine. While some may call it jam, it is very different from the commonly-understood jam in the West. Varenye is typically made of berries or fruits cooked with sugar. The ingredients are soaked with syrup except the fruits are not macerated and therefore they keep their original shape. Varenye is more liquid than the spreadable jams. It is usually used as a sweetener for tea, topping for Russian crepes and pancakes and even as a filling for Russian dumplings, vareniki.