Fruits of the Forage – Tasty Preserves made from foraged British fruits
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Natural Home Stores are proud to announce the launch of a new supplier: Fruits of the Forage harvest fruit from abandoned British orchards to make the finest quality award winning preserves.

We approached FOTF a few months back, we were impressed by their branding and presentation as well as their ethos and attitude. Plus their chutneys and marmalades won Great Taste gold stars galore over the past 2 years.

We were particularly drawn to the quirky names such as “Dam Sloe Chutney” and “Perfect pair Chutney”, showing attention to detail and an extra level of thought process in their branding development. Their preserves are packaged in jars with illustrated branding adding to its artisan, hand made charm. We see a lot of potential for this growing brand and look forward to pushing out their products on Amazon.

 


fruits of the forage foragers 300x217 - Fruits of the Forage - Tasty Preserves made from foraged British fruitsEthos

“Fruits are what we’re all about. There are many abandoned and disused orchards in the UK. By foraging our wild preserves from these sources we put the orchards to use, giving them value and conserving them for future generations.

We aim to give something back. As we harvest fruit we’re replanting traditional orchards, saving local fruit varieties indigenous to our countryside and creating areas of rich biodiversity.”


The Fruits of the Forage ethos is strong, they forage fruits from the hedgerows, orchards and gardens of their locality in Cheshire. They champion wild food that they pick themselves. Head Forager, Bert is a fountain of knowledge on wild foraged food, he has a particular compassion for the dying heritage orchards of England and Wales.

Orchards hark back to traditional food growth and harvesting, amongst a largely intensive agricultural landscape and have been awarded a BAP ‘priority’ habitat status by Natural England in August 2007, under the UK Biodiversity Partnership.

 


Fruits of the Forage – Product range, Great Taste Awards

The Fruits of the Forage range includes treats such as a tremendously chunky sloe Seville marmalade and a wild apple and raspberry jam. Damsons are a favourite, with a damson jam, damson chutney and even pickled damsons. The pumpkin curry chutney and the perfect pair chutney are a particular success, while the sloe Seville marmalade won three gold stars at the Great Taste Awards.

The Fruits if the Forage story is an endearing and compelling tale of friendships and mutual interests coming together to create something truly unique. The founders were out in the fields one summer when they came across bushes and trees laden with ripe fruit. Rather than let it go to waste they collected as much fruit as they could carry, leaving enough for the birds. From this the seed was sown, soon they found themselves immersed in recipes and books about native plants, they discovered a world of taste and flavours they could never have imagined. Eight of their products have received Great Taste Awards, check out the following video of Freddy talking about their awarded preserves.

A compelling story and a range of products we think have a lot of potential.


Our 3 favourite preserves from Fruits of the Forage.

hogweed curry chutney fruits of the forage 300x300 - Fruits of the Forage - Tasty Preserves made from foraged British fruitsCurry Chutney

It’s a delicious pumpkin curry chutney with hogweed seeds. It’s chunky, a little bit sweet with a good chilli kick. Including pumpkin, apple, onion, tomato, parsnip, chilli and peppers, it’s not shy on ingredients. A strong blend of curry spices including mustard seeds and hogweed seeds. It won a gold star at the Great Taste Awards.

This chutney is great with a salad or on your cheeseboard, with strong cheeses and thin crackers, or used like a mango chutney to accompany your poppadoms and curry. It would also make a great burger relish and is delicious served plain with bread and butter.

  • Won a Gold star at the Great Taste Awards
  • Gluten-free & Vegan Chutney
  • 100% Natural – From fruits foraged in the British countryside
  • Handmade artisan product made by a small UK business

sloe seville marmalade fruits of the forage 300x300 - Fruits of the Forage - Tasty Preserves made from foraged British fruitsSloe Marmalade

This is the favourite by far and confirmed by the awarding of 3 gold stars at the Great Taste Awards. It’s a really chunky marmalade with large slices of hand-cut Seville Orange and a sweeping undercurrent of sloes that bring a tartness that sings in the aftertaste.

It’s great heaped on toast and works well mixed into an orange cake or flapjack mix. The marmalade is a deep red colour. The burst of marmalade flavour your mouth receives when you first bite into your toast is exquisite. Add a good strong coffee and you’ve got a perfect breakfast.

 

  • Gluten-free & Vegan Marmalade
  • Won three Gold stars at Great Taste Awards
  • Won bronze at the World Marmalade Awards
  • 100% Natural – from fruits foraged in the British countryside
  • Chunky Marmalade – Contains large chunks of Seville Orange
  • Handmade artisan product made by a small UK business.

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The Wild Apple and Raspberry Jam from Fruits of the Forage is a light sweet jam. As with all Fruits of the Forage products, the fruits are foraged locally and harvested from British orchards.

This jam is a delight to eat with the sweet sour of the apples and raspberries coming together to create a vibrant smooth jam that causes some compelling sensations on the tongue.

It’s a versatile jam too, perfect served on toast or porridge, with your coffee in the morning, on a nice jam sandwich at midday. In the evening, try it spread thinly with your strong cheese.

  • Gluten-free & Vegan Marmalade preserve
  • 100% Natural – from fruits foraged in the British countryside
  • Handmade artisan product made by a small UK business
  • Complimentary flavours from British hedgerow fruits
  • Useful baking ingredient

Here’s to a “fruitful” partnership!

We look forward to an ongoing partnership with Fruits of the Forage as we both make moves to expand our businesses online. This week, in mid August, as the fruits become just right, we will visit the gang as they forage an orchard in Worcestershire.

Watch this space for some adventures from the British countryside. We leave you with a video of the FOTF team talking about their abandoned orchards.

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