Cape entrepreneur Perry Chaloner has been making waves in the foodie industry with his range of innovative small batch preserves created from the finest, freshest ingredients harvested from the picturesque Falcon’s Nest farm in the Stellenbosch mountains. Now he has combined his most popular creations into two stunning gift packs – just in time for spring and summer’s long, lazy picnics and festive season celebrations.
For the past decade, Chaloner has been experimenting with traditional recipes, ingredients, textures and tastes, culminating in the production of the finest treats for the table, including tapenades, olives, marmalades and jams. Only the freshest ingredients are harvested from the lush farm, where plums, lemons, Seville oranges and herbs flourish.
Today, Chaloner delicacies are enjoyed worldwide, with the Chaloner Olive Marmalade Preserve regarded as a classic.
Perry Chaloner says that his philosophy in creating his culinary works of art is to never compromise on quality.
Our products are developed for taste, regardless of price point. We use only the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients to avoid having to use much frozen fruit. And we only use wine or balsamic vinegar, never cheaper grape vinegar -Perry Chaloner.
Chaloner jams have a notably high fruit to sugar content, with most products containing less than 45% added sugar. Additionally, no preservatives or additives are used, including pectin which negatively affects flavour. “Our ingredients are primarily sourced from our own production, which also ensures quality and minimises our carbon footprint” says Chaloner.
One of the largest international trends in retail now, is the revolt against mass production, with perceptive consumers wanting good quality, locally manufactured, small batch products and products that are differentiated from the mass market. Chaloner products are the perfect accompaniments to any spread or meal, and can be enjoyed with a clear conscience.
Two Exciting New Gift Packs Are Available From Chaloner
Chaloner Premuim EVOO
Limited stock. Available from select retailers @ R160.95 (500ml)
90% of South Africa’s olives are grown in the Western Cape. The region’s typically Mediterranean climate is perfect for this type of crop. Olives are heat tolerant and require far less water to survive than deciduous fruit. Falcon’s Nest has 7 000 olive trees comprising nine varieties.
What sets Chaloner Olive Oil apart, is the unique micro climate of Stellenbosch (more temperate than the Karoo, Spain and Southern Italy), which means lower yields and enhanced flavour. The sign of a good olive oil is low acidity. The maximum acidity for classification as extra virgin is 0.8g, Chaloner’s is only 0.33g.
Chaloner oil is pressed within 24 hours of the olives leaving the trees, from which they are hand-picked to avoid bruising and damage. It is vastly superior to the cheap imported brands currently flooding the market, which come from industrial estates where quality is compromised in favour of volume.
Limited stock. Available from select retailers @ R199.95 (4 x 125g)
Chaloner Olive & Sundried Tomato Tapenade is made from sundried tomatoes, gherkins, basil, wine vinegar, capers and garlic, with less than 1% sugar, salt and pepper added. Best served on crostini made from thinly sliced leftover French loaves, drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a sprinkle of sea salt, and browned under a grill.
Chaloner Traditional Tapenade is made from pitted black olives, olive oil, basil, capers, balsamic vinegar, garlic, sage, sugar, salt and pepper. Perfect as a pasta topping, just add a spot of freshly ground Pecorino or Romano cheese.
Chaloner Olive & Anchovy Tapenade blends olive oil, capers, anchovies, wine vinegar, fennel seeds and balsamic vinegar. Mix with breadcrumbs, parsley and Parmesan for a baked hake fillet crust.
Chaloner Olive & Almond Tapenade has a base of toasted almonds, olive oil, capers, anchovies, wine vinegar, lemon zest and balsamic vinegar. Spread thinly onto Parma Ham slices and wrap around steamed asparagus spears, to be served straight away.
These would be great options for Christmas Gifts, to include gift hampers, wedding favours, or corporate gifts.