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...


Learn about Organic Fruit Spreads & Preserves:

What is classed as 'Jam'

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:

  • English Marmalade: Nothing is more quintessentially British than marmalade on toast for breakfast. This has been made famous through the years in cinemas and novels with notable characters like Paddington bear, James Bond and even Her Majesty the Queen of England all being regular (daily) marmalade eaters. The word itself is derived from the Greek melimelon, which referred to quince stored in honey. Today though it is a soft jelly that contains pieces of fruit rind (usually citrus like oranges) that imparts a mild bitterness with a distinct candy-like bite. Interestingly, the citrus peels for marmalade contains very high quantities of pectin. This means that in production marmalades very rarely require additional pectin. Gourmet cooking tip: Marmalade also makes an excellent glaze for cured meats like baked ham or gammon for Christmas or special Sunday roasts
  • Fruit Jelly: The primary difference between jelly and jam is that for a jar of jelly the solid fruit has been strained off the jam, leaving only a bright, crystal clear, firm consistency, smooth consistency. According to USA regulations, jelly must contain at least 55% fruit juice and 'firmer' than jam but not to the extent of being a jelly dessert.
  • Conserves: Confused? Here gets even more tricky, all jams made from fruits are described as conserves, while not all jams are conserves! Make sense? Usually conserves contain various fruits mixed with sugar, nuts and dried fruits. Not dissimilar to 'fruit mince' used in English Christmas mince pies
  • Fruit compote: Can be made with fresh or dried fruits slow cooked in a sugar syrup (sometimes containing alcohol and some spices). Simmering this ensures the fruit maintains its shape. Most compotes are prepared fresh and eaten wither with a sweet or savoury dish - much like cranberry sauce with turkey or mint sauce with roast lamb. As the name suggests, these were initially from France and still today to most widely consumed conserves
  • Jam: Contains fruit cooked with sugar (and often pectin and an acid to stabilise the taste). As this mixture cooks, the water evaporates and thickens the consistency. Cane sugar acts as the primary preservative. In the UK to be classified as a jam, the final product must have at least 55g sugar per 100g. The FDA in America, by contrast, puts requirements on the original recipe; this must have 47 parts fruit to 55 parts sugar (by weight). To make it even more complicated in France where our organic fruit jam comes from, although we only have 48g net sugar (from natural fruits only) we cant call this jam in England but must be called a spread
  • 100% Fruit spread: This is a pure fruit jam. One that does not contain any additional cane sugar with the net result of having an overall lower sugar content than fruit jams. We have called our jams 'organic fruit spreads' as they have only up to 48g per 100g whole fruit sugar content, much less that 55g+ required to be called a jam. Not only are fruits spreads healthier, but they also have some different ways to use them, other than just on toast. Think cheese and jam, use jam in baking cakes, on crepes and pancakes, on scones. We created our range of fruit spreads from Corsica as a combination of fruit spread and fruit compote - not only is this healthier but you also taste more of the pure freshly picked regionally collected fruits
  • Preserves: These include all of the above - this is the overall term for any preserved fruit spreads (containing: fruit, sugar, pectin and stabilising acid) - although the exact definition will vary slightly, from one country or culture to the next!

Best jam flavours to try

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

Fruit jam health benefits

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!

Buy the best jam gift set

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.

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