Our Organic fruit spreads from Corsica are made using a traditional French family recipe, made from only 100% locally grown, freshly picked fruits, without any added cane sugar. We first fell in love with Corsica, a gastronomic paradise, in search of the perfect Fig & Walnut jam and we didn't want to leave! More...
Difference Between Jam, Jelly, Conserve, Marmalade, pure Fruit Spreads and Preserves: Ancient Greeks and Romans used to store summer fruits in honey to make them last throughout the winter months. However, it was not until the advent of the industrial revolution when sugar became cheaper and widely available that jams became mainstream and a whole new world of fruit + sugar evolved rapidly:
What are the different types of jam: While we could never create a full definitive list of each jam in the world, we do have a few favourites and varieties we would class as the best jams in the world. These include (in no particular order): strawberry jam, coarse marmalade, apple compote, fig jam, cherry preserves, peach and apricot jams, blueberry fruit spreads, mango-raspberry jam, strawberry-kiwi jam, rhubarb and orange and much more. We're expanding our ranges of fine speciality gourmet foods so please let us know if there are any you love to have as gifts or daily treats for breakfast or afternoon tea
Jam for afternoon tea: Traditional afternoon tea is always served with English scones, and while there are so many lovely sweet jams that can accompany the best teas, we would still suggest sticking with English fruits like strawberries, apples, pears or blackberries. Then of course from a flavour aspect, we would recommend experimenting with any 'sweet fruit' jam that goes well with fresh cream or butter. Think of Italy or France where cheese is used with jams or compotes - try fig and walnuts or peaches for a change
Jam for breakfast: Why not try various jams for several types of bread or even with different teas or coffee. There is no limit to what you can do, and if you start thinking more continental breakfast as compared to traditional English or Irish - then you can begin to try jams with cheese or jams and croissants and all kind of different loaves of bread from ciabatta, to country loafs, soda or German rye
How much sugar does jam contain: The main ingredients of all organic fruit jams or spreads is: fruit, pectin, acid and sugar (fruit sugars or white cane sugar). All fruit contains fructose, but the real difference is how your body deals with and digests the sugar. Natural occurring fruit sugars are more natural for your body to assimilate as these occur typically in all raw fruit. This means that jams made from only fruit content not only have an overall lower sugar content but that this is a much lower GI product and thus better suited to anyone suffering from blood sugar problems, over-weight or diabetic
How much sugar in a jam and what are the health risks: It all depends. As you can see from the above, the healthiest are fruit spreads or compotes as they contain less or no added cane sugar. Also if you are looking to buy a jam, then it is best to choose a producer that grows their fruit or uses locally grown fresh fruits. Some brands use frozen fruits or mass produced fruits rather than focusing on fresh quality fruits they use lots of sugar to ask the quality and sometimes even add flavourings to enhance the tastes - not what you would call an artisan product made with love!
Looking for something for Christmas or special birthday or thank-you present? Jam (and honey) with is always a great gourmet food gift idea. We would recommend you go for something reliable like strawberry or peach/apricot - a more traditional flavour. Then we would add something unique and special to that: either think organic or new tastes or even just the fact that it is beautifully packaged and presented uniquely.
Above all make sure you buy quality, the last thing you want is to deal with the hassle of returning an item you purchased and worse feeling embarrassed. That's why we offer a no questions asked money back guarantee, we stand by and use every one of our products ourselves! Make sure you shop from other brands online in the UK, that also do the same.
We stand by every product we sell, and continually strive to bring you the best fine foods and experiences shopping with us! If you're not entirely satisfied with any goods you've purchased from us, we will gladly refund your original order (less shipping charges), or we will send you another replacement product FREE of charge.
Seán Farrell – Founder, Chateau Rouge