Wilkens & Sons Tiptree Jams and Marmalades
Why do we persist in growing much of our own fruit, when there are usually cheaper imported varieties available? We think that the British climate (generally speaking of course!) means slower ripening fruit which imparts a better flavour. We also reckon that we prefer to do things ourselves anyway, it means we can grow the varieties we want, look after them as we choose and pick them when we think they’re at the peak of their perfection.
Fruits grown at Tiptree include strawberries, raspberries, cherries, loganberries, damsons, greengages, Victoria plums, medlars, mulberries, quinces and rhubarb. Rhubarb? Agreed, it’s not strictly fruit, but it gets used as one and we’re rather proud of our home-grown Timperley Early. The ‘fruit’ is used to make Rhubarb with Ginger Conserve and Rhubarb with Vanilla Conserve.
What’s the most expensive jam made at Tiptree? Little Scarlet is the most expensive that’s generally available, although crop shortages and rising demand mean that it can only usually be found in the second half of the year, after the June and July cropping season. More expensive still is the little-known mulberry conserve, sold in specialist food shops and seldom seen overseas.