“ Brand: St Dalfour / Type: Fruit Spread „
The ST. DALFOUR Rhapsodie de Fruit Raspberry/Pomegranate fruit spread is available for GBP 1.99.
The fruit spread is described as followed. "ST. DALFOUR fruit spreads contain pieces of carefully-selected 100% natural fruit. The natural fruit sugar enhances the flavour and the high level of fructose gives a sweet taste despite the lower total concentration of sugar. The fruit sugar in ST. DALFOUR 100% fruit spread contributes to a reduction in the glycemic index."
A pleasingly bittersweet spread and not as seedy as you might think! I thought this was an unusual combination to put together and wonder how many St Dalfour manage to sell. I suppose it could be a talking point, if you are having an awkward breakfast with someone and the conversation has run dry. The addition of the pomegranate to the raspberry adds a bit of lightness to this jam and the slight edge of bitterness lifts the flavour to be a bit more interesting. But there the difference between this and St Dalfour's ordinary raspberry jam ends in that ultimately it is a slightly different flavour upon your toast in the morning that will struggle not to be drowned out by coffee. Like all St Dalfour spreads, this is an excellent choice for diabetics as it's sugar free yet still jammy and fruity enough to give you the illusion that you're eating the real thing!
Many years ago when my mom was first diagnosed with type two diabetes we began to check labels on grocery products to find the ones with low or no sugar and one of our great finds was the range of St Dalfour spreads, which are effectively jams of many different flavours.
I have since been diagnosed with type two diabetes so this product is still as useful now as it was then.
The spread is found in all good supermarkets and health food shop and is on the shelf with the jams and marmalades. The supermarkets usually stock what I would call the standard flavours such as strawberry, raspberry, thick cut orange, apricot and blackberry. In more specialist shops I have seen raspberry & pomegranate, four fruits, blueberry, orange & ginger, black cherry, blackcurrant and golden peach, so you see there is an extensive range of unusual flavours to be found. When mom was alive she tried quite a few of them as she loved all sorts of flavours of jam and I used to try and find the unusual ones for her. She never did try one that she didn't like!
Incidentally I did once try the thick cut orange flavour in place of marmalade but it didn't taste as good as Golden Shred. I'm rather a marmalade fan you see.
Last year at Christmas my sister and her partner bought a hamper of goodies that they had put together for us and they had included a jar of St Dalfour Raspberry and Pomegranate Spread for me to try. Apparently it is the latest addition to the range.
This spread isn't cheap at around £2 for a jar containing 284g but in this case you really do get what you pay for.
So back to the jam shelf in the supermarket - you'll find the St Dalfour spread in classy, tall slim glass jars with a screw top surrounded by a plastic tear off seal.
The label on the front of the jar is very smart and classy. It has the words 'St Dalfour France Rhapsodie de Fruit High Fruit Content Spread Raspberry and Pomegranate'. There is then a small picture of the fruit and the words 'no added sugar' and 'an old French recipe of delicious raspberries and pomegranates sweetened only with fruit juice concentrate'.
So you can see why we chose to try this particular spread initially for mom, but as I describe the taste you'll see why we have carried on using it since!
As I removed the plastic seal and then opened the screw top with that satisfying 'pop' that let me know the jar had remained sealed and not tampered with the lovely fragrance of raspberries wafted out.
The spread looked firm and I could see the fruit in there.
The taste of this spread is superb! I have to say that I am usually a strawberry jam girl but this one is gorgeous - the mixture of raspberries and pomegranates work very well and complement one another perfectly. The taste is sweet enough but not synthetically sweet as some jams are. In fact to me the taste is just right.
I admit that I don't eat much jam but I do make a batch of jam tarts when my sister comes to visit as they are her favourite and my mother in law often makes us a sponge cake and I sandwich the two halves together with jam. In both of these cases this spread is ideal and the texture and taste are both spot on!
Now we'll get on to the nutritional information and first a list of what this spread does NOT contain:-
Additives, artificial sweeteners, colours, preservatives or flavours, GM ingredients, gluten, maize and monosodium glutamate. It has no added sugar.
It is suitable for both diabetics and vegetarians.
In fact the only ingredients contained in the spread are raspberries, pomegranates, unsweetened grape juice concentrate, lemon juice and pectin as a gelling agent.
Every 100g of spread contains the following:
Of which sugars 56g
In conclusion I would definitely recommend St Dalfour spreads and not only for us diabetics! The price might be a bit on the high side but the packaging, smell, texture and taste are great so it's well worth it!