Belcour Lodge, the home of Belcour Preserves Ltd., is nestled in a valley in the foothills of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. The name comes from the French words “belle cour” meaning “beautiful courtyard”. The house, which is featured on the company logo, and the surrounding 7-acre property, were originally part of an 18th Century coffee estate. Today, a variety of guavas, citrus and pineapples are grown on the property, and these are used in our tropical, fruit preserves. Blue Mountain Honey is also produced from a small apiary on the property and our honey has become a signature ingredient, which is added into all our products to give them a unique flavour.
Belcour Preserves was started by Robin Lim Lumsden at home in her kitchen and grew out of a desire to create all-natural, Jamaican specialty food products with locally grown ingredients. We utilise fresh, local, farm produce and slow cooking techniques, incorporating contemporary influences into traditional recipes. Instead of using artificial preservatives or additives, we use traditional preserving methods, which include the use of: sugar, sunshine, honey, vinegar and heat.
In 2004 we began selling our products to friends and family, then to local cafes, specialty food stores and gift shops. In 2010 we gained nation-wide distribution into select supermarkets island-wide. With the continued growth in acceptance by the trade and consumers, and demand for our products in the Jamaican market, we are increasing our production capacity through a co-packing agreement with a leading Jamaican manufacturer, Associated Manufactures Ltd. This arrangement will allow us to access overseas export markets.
We believe consumers buy our products for their exceptional taste and quality, and appreciate our simple philosophy that great tasting food depends on the quality of the ingredients they are made with. 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:
Three Pepper Sauces
Honey Jerk Sauce
Honey Mustard Hot Pepper Sauce
Honey Jerk Hot Pepper Sauce
Pineapple and Ginger
Five Fruit Marmalade
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 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.