Belcour Lodge, the home of Belcour Preserves Ltd. The property is nestled in a valley in the foothills of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains and was once a coffee estate in the 18th century. It is believed that the name Belcour comes from the French words “belle cour” meaning beautiful courtyard or beautiful heart. The house, which is featured on the company logo, and the surrounding 7-acre property, was originally part of an 18th Century coffee estate. Today, a variety of guavas, citrus trees and pineapples are grown on the property and they are used in the tropical, fruit preserves. Blue Mountain Honey is also produced from a small apiary on the property and honey has become a signature ingredient, adding to unique flavor to the condiments. Fresh herbs from the Blue Mountains are also a key ingredient in the condiments and sauces.
Belcour Preserves was started by Robin Lim Lumsden in the kitchen and grew out of a desire to create wholesome, all-natural, delicious Jamaican, gourmet food products. According to Robin, “we utilize fresh, local, farm produce and slow cooking techniques, incorporating contemporary influences and Caribbean flavors into traditional and family recipes. Instead of using artificial preservatives or additives, we use traditional preserving methods, of preserving which include: sugar, sunshine, honey, vinegar and heat.
Seven years ago Belcour began selling our products to friends and family, then to local cafes, specialty food stores and tourist gift shops. In 2008 the condiments gained nation-wide distribution and are now available in select supermarkets island-wide. With the continued growth in acceptance by the local trade and consumers the company formed a co-packing agreement with Walkerswood, a leading Jamaican manufacturer of Jerk sauces in Jamaica, to manufacture the products. This arrangement has given Belcour the production platform to access the export market. Belcour products have also received FDA certification.
We believe consumers buy our products for their exceptional taste, and appreciate our simple philosophy that great tasting food depends on the quality of the ingredients going into the pot. We are committed to remain true to our mission “to source the best Jamaican produce and deliver them, with love and care, to our consumers.”
Presently our Belcour Blue Mountain™ product line includes nine products:
Passion for Preservation
An important part of our company’s ethos is our belief in the concept of preservation. This speaks to the preservation of our traditions and culture. Implicit in this concept is a reverence for the environment and th preservation of life. We work closely with local farmers, our community, the Rural Agricultural Development Agency and the Scientific Research Council of Jamaica and remain committed to environmentally sound and sustainable agri-business practices.
Sharing our Passion
Belcour is also featured as part of Blue Mountain Culinary tours, an initiative to explore the authentic culinary influences of the world famous Blue Mountain coffee growing region of Jamaica. Tourists visiting the region can tour the Blue Mountain coffee farms and organic produce farms and stop at Belcour, where we offer a garden and apiary tour, along with cooking classes and sampling of Belcour products. Robin published the Belcour cookbook in 2014. The cookbook is available off Amazon (click here to purchase your copy)