We were over the moon this month to have been selected as one of The Observer's Top 50 Things they Love in Food for 2020. We were chosen alongside such delights as sustainable wine refills, mr fermentation and the perfect £5 cheeseburger.
Here's what they had to say...
"Almost four years ago, while working in development for big food retailers, Nicola Simons recognised a trend for “single origin” provenance and decided to make preserves from individual varieties of fruit. “People were making jams premium by adding champagne or herbs, and I just wanted a really good fruit taste,” she says. While she works directly with UK farmers to find the tastiest fruit for her Single Variety Co products, her approach is best exemplified through her alphonso mango preserve. In May, she gets as many of the fragrant Indian imports as she can. Six weeks on and the fleeting season is over, the fruit is jarred, and it heads to shops, generally to be sold out by December. “Alphonso mangoes have such a unique, sweet flavour compared to supermarket fruit,” she says. To preserve the intoxicating perfume, Simons keeps the sugar content low and cooking time at a minimum. It’s a very soft-set jam, a pure expression of mango, and perfect with yogurt or ice-cream, or on a pavlova. It’s not quite an actual alphonso but, in winter, who’s complaining? And until production starts again in May, there’s black Bursa fig, made in autumn, and pretty pink Yorkshire rhubarb to keep you going"
Read the full article, and see the other 49 chosen here.