1,000 Jars for 1,000 Years

Home made preserves with local Ingredients. Hedgerow foraged rose-hips, haws and rowan berries. Garden grown quince, medlars, plums, crab apples, damsons and greengages. Apples from an orchard of heritage Cambridgeshire varieties, all brought together by hand (many hands) in a farmhouse kitchen.

A taste of Saxon and historic times for your table. With few methods of preserving food, the summer and autumn bounty of fruits and berries would be made into jams, chutneys and other preserves that would bring much welcomed flavour and variety throughout the winter. Some ingredients are hardly used today, largely as it is so labour intensive to collect and process them (we learned this the hard way). The flavours are fabulous and we've found plenty of variety that you have probably never have tried before. All profits to finance the Saxon weekend.

Order by Weds 31st March - Delivery within Great Paxton on Thurs 1st April

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Autumn Tomato Chili Chutney
Back by popular demand!

A blend of autumn fruit and vegetables with a generous addition of scotch bonnet chilies and spice. Hot! The chutney has a fruity, tangy flavour with a nice after-burn! A must for those with a taste for chili and great accompaniment for cold meats and cheese

Ingredients: Tomato, apple, onion, carrot, celery, sultanas, brown sugar, malt vinegar, scotch bonnet chili, chili flakes, black mustard seed, onion seed, tomato puree, dried garlic, fresh garlic, garam masala, ground mixed spice.

£2.50 per jar - min 370g

Lady Godiva’s Grog
Mulled Wine Jelly

Red wine and spices have warmed and comforted through the ages. A Christmas crumpet essential.

Name - Lady Godiva lived in the late Saxon era or just after (or maybe much longer after), a swig of grog or mulled wine would have helped keep her warm while riding naked through Coventry.

Ingredients: Red wine, apple, ginger, clove, nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, all-spice berries, lemon, orange, pectin, citric acid.

£2.50 per jar - min 212g

Boar Blimey
Traditional English Apple Chutney

This chutney is the perfect accompaniment for roast boar, pork pie or cheddar cheese. Intense apple and raisin, slightly sweet with piquant undertones of tamarind!

Ingredients: Apples, onions, raisins, brown sugar, malt vinegar, tamarind paste, yellow mustard seed, ground ginger, salt, corn starch.

£2.50 per jar - min 370g

Toli’s Relish
Fragrant Apple and Mango Chutney
Low stock

A vibrant golden coloured chutney, intensely fruity with undertones of ginger and spice, mild chili. Perfect for ham or cheese.

Name - Earl Toli took the Province of Huntendune (Huntingdon) by force in 921 from the king.

Ingredients: Mango, apple, onion, fresh ginger, brown sugar, malt vinegar, green cardamom, cinnamon, cumin seed, coriander seed, black onion seed, turmeric, fresh chili, chili flakes, salt, corn starch.

£2.50 per jar - min 370g

Wassail Reward
Plum and Apple Chutney

This is a rich and sweet, intensely flavoured, dark chutney made from greengages, Victoria plums, damsons and apples from a local orchard. This chutney is slowly boiled to intensify the flavours of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, Szechuan pepper and ginger. If you like the flavours of Peking duck, you will love this chutney.

Name - The Saxons invented the wassailing of fruit trees as a mid-winter rite to ensure a good crop, if you do it right your efforts are rewarded.

Ingredients: Greengage, Victoria plum, damson, apple, onion, raisons, brown sugar, malt vinegar, ginger, garlic, salt, ground cardamom, yellow mustard seed, 5-spice powder, crushed chili, corn starch.

£2.50 per jar - min 370g

Alfred’s Great
Tomato Chutney

A mild version of our Autumn tomato chutney without the heat of the scotch bonnet chili for those with tamer tastes.

Name - Alfred the Great was the King of Wessex and the Anglo-Saxons in the 9th century, he'd have loved this.

Ingredients: Tomato, apple, onion, carrot, celery, sultanas, brown sugar, malt vinegar, chilli flakes, black mustard seed, onion seed, tomato puree, dried garlic, fresh garlic, garam masala, ground mixed spice.

£2.50 per jar - min 370g

Victual Tickler
Apple, Date and Walnut Chutney
Low stock

A rich, flavourful chutney with a nice texture and subtle walnut flavour. Mild and sweet. A perfect buffet accompaniment.

Name - Victuals is an old name for food, this is ideal to tickle it up to something grander.

Ingredients: Apple, onion, dates, walnuts, sultanas, raisins, sugar, vinegar, fresh ginger, ground mixed spice, cinnamon, chili flakes, salt.

£2.50 per jar - min 370g

Sacred Tracklement
Elderberry, Blackberry, and Port Jelly

A deep purple jelly, intense in flavour and splendid with roast meats like duck, goose or lamb, equally good with cheese.

Name - The elderberry was a sacred tree to the Saxons.

Ingredients: blackberry, elderberry, apple, sugar, ruby port, pectin.

£2.50 per jar - min 212g

Canute’s Delight
Saxony Herb and Crab Apple Jelly

A delicious jelly to accompany roast pork, veal, and chicken or cold meat. Made from organically grown local herbs and tiny, wild golden hornet crab apples.

Name - Canute was King of England in 1020 when building began on Great Paxton's Saxon church, he may have even been responsible in some part for it being built at all.

Ingredients: Golden Hornet crab apples, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, sugar.

£2.50 per jar - min 212g


Boleyn’s Temptation
Quince & Rose Petal Jelly
Low Stock

This jelly is bursting with the fragrance of ripe quince and the last blooms of summer from David Austin’s ‘Ann Boleyn rose. The quince has long been associated with love and fertility and its name in Ancient Greece was used as a ribald term for ‘young breasts’. How appropriate then that the besotted Henry VIII had a trifle created for his mistress Ann Boleyn using quince, which became the favourite’s favourite sweet temptation.

Ingredients: Quince, sugar, pectin, citric acid.

£2.50 per jar - min 212g



Conqueror’s Confiture
Rose Hip Jelly
Low stock

This fragrant jelly needs no description of flavour for those of us old enough to be raised on Delarosa fruit syrup for toddlers. For the younger generation rose hip jelly, which is pale pink in colour can be described as having a honey and hibiscus flower taste. The word hip has survived from before the Anglo-Saxon era and appears in the glossary compiled by the Anglo-Saxon grammarian Aelfric of Eynesham in the ninth century. Hips were used more in medicine than food, with the flowers having a greater culinary use.  This jelly is delicious on toasted muffins, scones and with cheese or cold meats.

Name - William the Conqueror led the last invasion of England in 1066, so bringing to an end to Saxon rule.

Ingredients: Hips, crab apples, sugar, pectin, citric acid.

£2.50 per jar - min 212g

May Queen’s Nectar
Mayflower (Hawthorn) Jelly

In spring hawthorns up to two-inch thorns give rise to clusters of white or pink blossom traditionally called Mayflowers and used in early May Day celebrations. In early winter the hawthorn tree bears abundant vivid red berries which were an important source of food in Anglo-Saxon times. This jelly is made from the haws found growing locally in many hedgerows.

Name - May is a name for hawthorn as well as the name of the month. "Ne'er cast a clout 'ere May is out" refers to the blossom of hawthorns emerging rather than the end of the month.

Ingredients: Haws, sugar, pectin, citric acid.

£2.50 per jar - min 212g

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Please keep your used jars as we can use them again, collection details to follow.

These preserves have been prepared in a family kitchen where gluten-containing products are used.

Therefore, we have to state that these products are not gluten-free.

 A list of ingredients for each product can be downloaded here

Picture credits: Plums - Erin Silversmith, used under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 / Tomatoes - Softeis, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license