Jams, marmalades, chutneys, and relishes are available in every supermarket, deli, and farm shop across the land, but these days few are genuinely hand made like Fruity Kitchen’s wonderful range of exquisite Yorkshire preserves.
It is this absolute attention to quality which has resulted in Fruity Kitchen’s products being embraced by members of the public and businesses across the country; their delectable creations have received numerous awards and are even flying the flag for Yorkshire in hotels across London.
Fruity Kitchen is owned and run by mother and daughter team, Julia and Hannah, and will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year. The small business has flourished in that time, moving from Julia’s kitchen to purpose-built premises, and taking on additional ‘jammers’ to allow the range of products and the customer base to grow – however, traditional open-pan cooking methods are still at the heart of the operation.
Hannah feels that she and Julia make excellent partners, with similar personalities and a strong desire to promote the wonderful experience that tasting a really good preserve can bring. When asked how they find working together, Hannah responds: “We love it – we have very different roles in the business: Julia is heavily involved in making the preserves, and I take responsibility for the personal level of customer service that we offer. We talk to each other constantly though”.
Inspiration for new recipes comes mainly from customer requests, including trade customers like Virgin Trains, who requested their own bespoke recipes. Hannah is particularly proud of the fact that Virgin kept Fruity Kitchen’s own branding on the jars.
The Fruity Kitchen range includes delights such as Blackberry & Elderflower Jam, Orchard Apple Chutney, Sweet Onion Relish, Rhubarb & Strawberry Jam, and Apricot & Ginger Chutney.