Bananas are everywhere in the west of Uganda, with more than 70 species known to date. Ugandans cultivate some of the edible varieties – mostly matoke (plantains), and yellow and little bananas – in their gardens. No need to say that monkeys fancy bananas, too. Uganda is home to several species, and all are protected. But sometimes they are a nuisance to farmers, as they like to eat the ripe crops, especially maize. Hence, people guard their fields around the clock, noisily chasing away any monkey they see.
Our Chunky Monkey jam is homemade with yellow bananas grown by small scale farmers in western Uganda. We hope, you do not need to share it with a monkey but spoon it out just yourself.
Ingredients: Bananas*, sugar, lemon juice*.UGX 12,000
Pineapples and pangolins: They’re both sweet and share the same scaly dress. Surely, you enjoy pineapples while indulging in Uganda’s beauty. But have you tried our homemade pineapple jam? If not, now’s the time!
The pangolin story though is rather sad then sweet. All eight species, four of which call Uganda home, are among the world’s most trafficked mammals, and are near extinction. When protecting themselves from natural predators, they curl up in a ball inside their long tail – which contains up to 47 vertebrae, a world record among mammals! Our backbone has only 32 to 34.
The tragic truth is that we may lose pangolins before we even get to know them. We therefore dedicate our sweetness to the pangolins.
Ingredients: Pineapple*, sugar, lemon juice*UGX 12,000
This unique blend of pineapple and passion fruit offers an unforgettable taste of the Ugandan tropics. You’ll often see these ingredients growing in gardens while travelling in the country.
Our Passionate Crane jam is also named after the crested crane. That’s not only because we think crested cranes and pineapples must have the same hairdresser! More seriously, we want to highlight the national symbol of Uganda. This iconic bird appears on the country’s flag and the coat of arms. Its feathers carry all the national colours (black, yellow, and red) and like the Ugandan people, it is friendly, gentle, and peaceful.
Fun facts: The birds pair for life, can live up to 22 years, and boast a wingspan of two metres.
Ingredients: Pineapple*, sugar, passion fruit*, lemon juice*UGX 12,000
On safari in Western Uganda, you may enjoy watching elephants grazing in the savanna or gathering at water holes. Maybe you even spot the elusive forest elephants. We all love these gentle giants, don’t we? Yet elephants can be difficult neighbours. Eating around 200 kg of food daily, they roam far and wide to find it. If they cross into a farmers’ field, they can destroy a family’s harvest in minutes. Luckily, chili peppers’ hot taste and smell drives them away. Farmers thus often plant chili around their fields to protect their crops – and the elephants. Our Hot Elephant Chili Sauce honours the world’s largest land mammal: the African Elephant, Loxodonta africana or Enjojo.
Ingredients: Eggplant*, African bird-eye chilies*, tomatoes*, apple cider vinegar, garlic*, lemon juice*, sugar, saltUGX 16,000
Hiking in the outstanding Kibale forest, you’re likely to hear their calls first. Your pace increases, and then your adrenaline surges as you look into the eyes of chimpanzees going about their business as if you weren’t even there.
Did you know chimps build new leafy beds in the trees every evening? Or that they mainly eat fruits, nuts, flowers, seeds, insects, and other small animals? Or that moms nurse their young until they are four to six years old?
Certainly, a once-in-a-lifetime encounter like this will touch your heart. It will almost for sure make you hungry too… So why not add our Hearty Chimp ketchup to your meal and do good for the region at the same time? Enjoy!
Ingredients: Tomatoes*, onions*, garlic*, apple cider vinegar, sugar, lemon juice*, spices, saltUGX 15,000