Jumping Jackal -
taste the heat of the Little Karoo.
Our chilli products are Handcrafted in the Heart of the Little Karoo, using only the finest quality ingredients, which are locally sourced and grown using sustainable farming practices which our family has developed over several generations of farmers. We grow and sun-dry many of our ingredients ourselves, to help ensure the freshness (and quality) of our products, as well as to keep our environmental impact low. In addition, our products are bottled and packaged in fully-recyclable materials to help reduce our carbon footprint.
Ethical farming in our blood, and our entire family shares our dedication and passion for sustainability. Originally beekeepers and a stone fruit nursery, our farm has expanded into chilli-based products. Our knowledge of bee-friendly farming practices has been instrumental in the development of a Greener Future here at Jumping Jackal.
Once hand-picked and selected, our chillies are washed and blended with gorgeous, sun-ripened fruit (depending on the sauce), spices and spring water and before being matured in aged Oak barrels to create superior, all-natural, non-cooked chilli sauces. We find that the process of fermenting rather than cooking produces a more complex and flavourful product that doesn't leave a harsh metallic undertone (unlike conventional cooked sauces).
The fermentation process requires much time, dedication and care, as it takes between six months to over a year to produce each batch-which is meticulously aged in Oak barrels, much like a fine wine would be- except spicier. Every day the sauce is churned and checked for imperfections, sometimes we do this several times a day- depending on the temperature and the seasons.
Our products are healthy, chemical free, preservative free, and MSG free- natural just tastes better! No additives were used in the making of this product. Did I mention that we only use pure, unadulterated spring water? It makes all the difference!
And the name?
We live in an area with a relatively large population of jackals and our neighbouring sheep farmers are not always kind to them. One day, our founders discovered an injured jackal that had been ensnared on the perimeter of the neighbouring farm, they saved it, helped it recover so that it is free to leap again- and the rest is history (our sauces aren’t the only thing with a bite).
Once our sauces are ready for consumption we bottle and pasteurise it. This allows us to halt the fermentation process whilst leaving any healthy (beneficial) microbes alive. The pasteurisation process requires lower temperatures than total sterilisation of the sauce, which means that not only do we keep the beneficial microbes alive, but we also don't denature the delicate molecular bonds of our sauces.
We believe that perfection takes time, and our century old fermentation methods encapsulate that mentality.
We are constantly tinkering and creating fantastic new tastes and flavours, and have recently released an assortment of sundried chilli products as well as salts, mayos and pickled jalapenos. As our brand expands we are also adding new cultivars of chillies to our fields, which are currently growing Thai, Cayenne, Habanero, Paprika, Tomatillos, and a few other test cultivars.
Most of our chilli products range from mild to medium heat on the Scoville index. We are producing more mouthwatering products but we prefer to concentrate on flavour than hotness for now.
Our natural fermentation process ensures that this mouthwatering product lingers on the tongue- unforgettable on the tastebuds.
We are also in the process of creating new and hotter variations of our Artisanal products, using Habanero, Thai, Cayenne and other chillies- because some like it hot!
Whilst the flavors and Scoville ratings of our sauces may vary, there are some commonalities our sauces all share;
Ethically Produced and packaged in fully-recyclable packaging
Colourant Free (any variation in sauce colour is due to seasonal changes in our chillies when harvested)
Our products are uncooked, preserving those delicate molecular bonds and enzymes that only a naturally fermented product has
We ensure highest quality from field, to farm, to bottle to table.
I am sure that you will agree that all these qualities make for an unbeatable product of the highest calibre.
Rietvlei Number 1, Route 62 Montagu
P.O Box 138, Montagu 6720, South Africa
+27 (0) 64 772 6055
Mon - Thurs: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm
Weekends: By Appointment