Review by James Fowkes – Jar kindly supplied by South Devon Chilli Farm
South Devon Chilli Farm’s story has been well documented in the media over the last few years, including features by BBC Gardeners World, BBC Radio 4, BBC News 24, BBC Spotlight News, Westcountry TV News, Saturday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Amateur Gardener Magazine, Devon Life, The Daily Express, Western Morning News and BBC Good Food Magazine to name just a few. The company and farm are also a favourite of TV chef Jamie Oliver too.
The team at the farm have been growing chillies on an increasingly large scale since 2003. Now over ten thousand chilli plants each year are grown and they harvest tonnes of fresh chillies. Most of their chillies grown go straight into their own range of chilli sauces, preserves and chilli chocolate.
I have also been fortunate to visit the farm and the onsite farm shop and café too. I would highly recommend a stop here if you are passing through. Unfortunately I was out of season on my visit so there was not much to see but I did leave with a full bag of chilli goodies from the shop. The café also offers great views out across the farm while enjoying a meal and sampling your new sauces.
Every product sold in their range proudly displays the simple yet very cool logo of the South Devon Chilli Farm. This Chilli Jam is no exception with a basic white label covering half the jar allowing you to easily see the sticky goodness and occasional chilli seen inside.
Ingredients: Red Peppers (40%), red onions, Lemon Puree, Fresh Chilli (1%)
The Chilli Jam I have to review has won a couple of awards and is South Devon Chilli Farms best seller. I have tried many different home made chilli jams and a few jams at various festival tasting sessions, but I have not really had a whole jar to myself before. This Jam is prepared with 40g of fruit per 100g so I’m expecting a decent true pepper taste rather than synthetic flavouring of some store bought versions. Opening the jar smell that greets your senses is a little like an onion chutney with a hint of red pepper. The consistency in the jar and on my spoon is also a little more chutney than solid jelly based jam I am use to from other store bought jams.
Priced at £3.57 for each 227g jar or six jars for £19.00, the naturally luminous red jam spreads effortlessly across my morning bagel. It’s lovely to see lots of little chilli seeds have made it onto the portion I have just spread too. Thankfully there aren’t hundreds of seeds in the jar to catch your teeth on rather just enough to add character and flavour.
This Jam tastes wonderful, I would go so far as to say one of the best basic jams I have ever tasted, very addictive to the point of consuming almost half a jar while writing this review! Coming to the name ‘chilli jam,’ this jam is made of peppers and yes it does contain chilli however if you after something to pimp up the heat of your breakfast this isn’t the product for you. You can feel and taste a hint of chilli in the background that adds to the wonderful overall package. Also if you concentrate hard there is a pleasant lingering heat sensation after you have tried some too. But with only 1% chilli what did you expect right?
I can see why this Jam has won taste awards, though calling it chilli jam may be correct it may be considered a little cheeky by some. I wouldn’t stop at the obvious addition to breakfast though and try using this jam with cheese, eggs, fish, cold meat and chicken too.
For more information and other products from South Devon Chilli Farm, why not take a visit of their website?