Lily’s Chillis are a husband and wife team with the company named after their daughter. They are already winner of Fiery Foods Amateur Best Taste award for their Lime & Ginger Chilli, I have tried several of their past limited edition products including the special @Thelurch Fireman’s Naga. So I was very pleased to receive their Blood Orange Chilli Jelly for review.
Like many Sussex and even UK companies Lily’s Chillies pride themselves on locally sourced ingredients. Something different I noted in the production of many of their jelly range is the use of apples from local Sussex orchards as the base for many of our jellies rather than the vinegar used by more commercial companies. This will not doubt have influence on the flavour removing the aftertaste vinegar can sometimes leave behind. Obviously in the Blood Orange Jelly there are no apples, but again no vinegar either.
The Jar looks a combination of very professional while at the same time maintaining a homemade feel with the style of the jar chosen. The label is basic but attractive and follows the same theme through their range with the colour of he label hinting at the contents. There is no need for fancy pictures on this one, you want to know what’s in the jar than eat it!
47% Blood Oranges, sugar, lemons and a hint of Habeñero with 1%.
Jar Kindly supplied by Lily’s Chillies
But enough talk about jars colours and ingredients its time to brighten up my Sunday morning breakfast with this jar of sunshine.
On opening the jar, the 47% blood orange smell hits you and excites me to add to some life into my dull breakfast. You can see the zest of the blood orange set in the jelly too. There are obvious citrus notes from the fiery red coloured Sicilian orange. The lemon does not over power the aroma and there is a sense of the heat to come. Some jellies can be over watery and some marmalade to sticky.
If you turn the jar of blood orange upside down (seemed like a good idea) everything stays in place in prefect consistency allowing you to attach to food at will. I’ll admit with 1% habenero I prepared myself for a little disappointment on the heat levels. The jar gives this a 2 out of 3 Lily’s chilli rating, with such high fruit content the taste of this is just divine, it beats boring normal oranges any day! To my surprise the heat levels were a little higher than expectations.
As all chilli heads know the Habanero is a potent chilli with a level that some people struggle to reach, and sometimes avoid. However alongside this heat comes quite a unique fruity flavour not found in most chillis.
Lilys Chillis have expertly paired up the Blood orange and Habanero combo not to blow you away with heat, but to entertain your taste buds. The citrus flavour cuts through the mixtures of tastes on my stereotypical English breakfast. On toast, latched onto sausages and mixed in with hash browns every mouthful was something different. I love this stuff and their ever increasing range seeks to try different combinations and not sticking to the norm, this provides them with a line of stand out products in my opinion in an ever increasing crowded market.
Suggestions for use are quite varied, think not only where orange would complement but also a fiery citrus kick. Dazzle your duck and if you dare, dollop on chocolate pudding. Liven up a cheese board and one suggestion I spotted on Lily’s Chillies website was in their own version of a chilli martini….. I would also go for a basic breakfast bagel, perhaps even gammon joint…..
A 220g jar will set you back a mere £ 3.85 of your hard earned pounds. This I feel is very reasonable for the amount of flavour packed inside and depending on the addiction you develop for their product range it should last a respectable amount of time too.