Southern Belle Orchard :: Preserved Products

By: Southern Belle Orchard  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Jam, Chilli, Xylitol

(we make jams, pickled capsicums etc.)
We create a wide range of tasty preserves, to be able to offer you the beautiful taste of our products ready to eat.

Below you will find a list of available products:

  • Feijoa jam: a delicious jam in which the taste of fresh Feijoa’s has been captured
  • Feijoa chilli Marmalata: an exquisite sauce with the right balance between the zing of chillie and the flavoursome aromatic taste of Feijoa. Really good on meat, fish, cheeses.
  • Pickled Capsicum: Combines the fresh crunch of fresh Capsicums with the sweet and sour flavours of pickles. For the easy, ready to go addition to your salad, sandwich or cocktail stick.
  • Chilli flakes: A personal pinch to get the right 'heat' to any snack, lunch or dinner.
  • Fruate sugar free Feijoa jam:
  • The healthy choice, with the same Feijoa freshness as in the normal version. The Fruate healthy product range is developed in the Southern Belle Orchards professional kitchen and is our newest success story. Instead of sugar we use a product called Xylitol.

Below you will find all the healthy details of Xylitol:

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a plant based, naturally occurring sugar substitute. It is found in the fibres of commonly known fruit and vegetables, like strawberries, raspberries, plums and mushrooms. It can be derived from woody fibres (Xylem..) as it was first done from birch trees in Finland (hence it is also known as 'birch sugar'). Nowadays it is possible to derive Xylitol from other woody fibres and in a more sustainable way; out of corn husks.

Our Xylitol is extracted from corn husk.

The human body itself produces about 15 g Xylitol a day. Xylitol is naturally digested but much slower then sugar, with 40% less calories. It looks and tastes like refined white sugar but is teeth-friendly as it will reduce tooth plaque.

Facts and health benefits

  • Xylitol is a 'sugar alcohol', also known as 'Polyol'. It is digested and absorbed very gradual by the human body (14 times slower than normal sugar
  • Xylitol has a low GI of just 7 (compared to Glucose 100). It will not stress the pancreas which makes it suitable for diabetics
  • protects from tooth decay
  • inhibits growth of bacteria in the middle ear
  • does not support the growth of Candida
  • helps maintain bone density
  • is a natural insulin stabilizer
  • does not raise blood sugar levels

How and where to use it?

It is used where sugar is normally used in your recipes, and at the same rate. It dissolves easy and is heat stable for cooking and hot drinks.

It can be used by all ages and is recommended for infants and pregnant mums. There is no recommended daily intake set by the EU as it is regarded generally safe to use - simply use it as you would use sugar, but note that excessive use may cause a slight laxative effect. Excessive will mean eating more than 65 g pure Xylitol. It would mean eating 2/3 of a jar of 190 ml Jam in one serving! However, even if you are slightly sensitive to the laxative effect, it will come right in a couple of days as your body will adapt quickly when shifting from sugar to Xylitol.

How and where NOT to use it?

Xylitol cannot be used as a sugar replacement for yeast recipes, as e.g. yeast based bread will not rise with Xylitol.

Although no one should feed their dog any sugary substance; a dog’s metabolism cannot handle Xylitol. So never feed your dog any products made with Xylitol.

Keywords: Chilli, Jam, Xylitol