Diputaci de Girona
 

Preserves and syrups.

When we refer to preserves, we usually focus on fruit and vegetables. Preserves are not always end products, ready to eat, such as marmalades, jellies or jams: many are an intermediate stage, such as tomato sauces, garlic mayonnaise, romesco sauce and sautés.

Traditional home-made preserves, still available in many markets and produced by farmers and market gardeners, are usually limited to broccoli and chilli peppers pickled in vinegar, mushrooms in brine, tomato sauce, and sweet preserves, made with wide-ranging combinations of fruits and vegetables.

 

Some small producers are growing and expanding, maintaining their quality, but increasing their trading capacity. Other entrepreneurs have turned to new technologies to market natural products, both compotes and juices. These include apples, always a favourite, owing to the availability of the fruit.

Preserves with the 2016-2017 Girona Excel·lent seal

Roasted peppers with vermouth and herbes de Provence.

An original preserve from an estate at El Far d’Emporda made in the traditional country style.

Category: jams and preserves

Company: El Rebost de l’Empordanet

www.cantuiessl.com

Candied figs.

Figs in syrup from Can Bech, in Fontanilles, is a candied fruit classic from Baix Empordà, discovered in 1981 by Santi Bech, founder of the company.

Category: fruit in syrup

Company: Can Bech

www.canbech.com

Anela Fruits Apple.

Terrine of fruit puree, made only with fruit from their own orchards, with no additives, preservatives, artificial colouring or added sugar.

Category: fruit preserves, unique specialities

Company: Safrunat, SL

www.anelafruits.com

Tomatoes, Set de Mas Marcè sheep milk cheese and oregano flowers.

Georgina Regàs, one of the greatest chefs in the country, founded the Museu de la Confitura in 2004. Since then she has not stopped innovating, improving traditional recipes and expressing the essence of the region in each terrine.

Category: fruit preserves, unique specialities

Company: Museu Confitura, SL

www.museuconfitura.com

Just For Cheese garnishes.

Innovative pack of five preserves with spices and nuts, designed to accompany the five main groups of cheese and enhance their flavours.

Category: fruit preserves, unique specialities

Company: Can Bech (Gb Artesanos Gastronómicos, SLU)

www.canbech.com

Onion «sofregit» by Quim Matas.

A butcher and delicatessen owner in La Bisbal since 1977, Quim Matas created a a slow- cooked onion and olive oil «sofregit», with the aim of reducing the cooking time of dishes made in his home.

Category: canned fruit, unique specialities

Company: Quim Matas

www.elsofregit.com

Preserve

tasting jury.

Jordi Roca

Pastry chef at El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, Girona

Evarist March

Gastrobotanical advisor and manager of Naturwalks

Abraham Balaguer

Pastry chef at El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, Girona

Demian Allshop

Chocolatier and confectioner at El Celler de Can Roca restaurant

Salvador Garcia-Arbós

Journalist and food critic