Derbyshire farm shop Croots is supporting the launch of a new local food business by becoming the first outlet to stock products from the Coriander Garden.
Allestree couple Kuldip and Kash Burhm have been making their Authentic Tamarind Chutney for friends for many years.
Now they have decided to launch the product, under the brand name the Coriander Garden…a taste of Indian home cooking, onto a wider market – with encouragement from Steve Croot, who runs Croots Farm Shop, near Duffield.
The shop at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, has just become the first outlet to take the Coriander Garden Authentic Tamarind Chutney onto its shelves.
“We have been making the chutney for years, and it was friends who said we should sell it,” said Kuldip. “Steve was very keen from day one. We gave him a taster and he was amazed at the flavour and quality of the product.”
The couple have excellent credentials when it comes to food – in 2005 they beat chef Gino D’Acampo with their curry-making skills in an episode of the TV programme Chef v Britain filmed at Chatsworth.
“Because Steve has given us encouragement we have a special relationship with him. He wants to help us and we want to help him,” said Kuldip. “We’re very excited that our chutney is now in Croots Farm Shop.”
By day Kuldip works at Datapath Ltd, Derby, and Kash at Reckitt Benckiser, Derby.
The couple have also developed an onion bhaji dry mix which is also being sold at Croots.
Steve Croot said: “We were very impressed when we tasted the Authentic Tamarind Chutney that Kul and Kash produce. They’ve worked hard to gain all the compliances necessary to sell food products, and we’re delighted that Croots has become the first shop to have their chutney on its shelves. Our customers love authentic, quality products.”
Croots stocks items from around 40 regional producers, as well as products from further afield.