Taste of the Week
Ayle Farm Gooseberry Jam
I've been buying Ayle Farm products over the past few years from places as diverse as the Farm Shop at Aillwee Cave to our local Neighbourfood. And one that stands out time and again is their Gooseberry Jam.
It has an engaging light sweet taste and the colour is close to red which suggests the fruit used was on the ripe side. Still, it boasts a balancing zingy tartness, a freshness, that also engages those taste buds to make it our Taste of the Week.
Oh, you may well ask why is gooseberry jam red? I'm told by the experts that with ripe fruit the pectin and sugar react to turn a light red. If you don't want that colour, then try using gooseberries before they are fully ripe.
I'm sure there are many people making excellent gooseberry jam. After all, it is one of the easiest to make because the fruit is naturally high in pectin. The only problem nowadays for many of us is getting our hands on fruit. Your best bet is probably the local farmers market.
Ayle Farm, who oddly enough don't list this jam on their online store, are based in Oola, Tipperary and produce multi-award winning artisan Granola, Chutneys, Relishes, Cooking Sauces and Preserves in small batches. "In 2010/11 Peter completed a commercial growing course at the Nano Nagle Centre in Cork. The course was delivered by Jason Horner a well-known organic grower. We are members of The Tipperary Food Producers Network. You can follow our news on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter."