Our Story

Family Heritage

My mother's British family had a long history in India, beginning in the mid-1700s when an ancestor arrived with the East India Company. A hundred years later, Mum's grandfather bought himself out of the Army and purchased 6,000 acres of virgin land in South India after finding coffee growing wild there. He later established a coffee plantation he called "Hope Ville," and this became Mum's childhood home. When I was a child, she would often delight me and my siblings with amazing stories of growing up in this remote place. When she married my wonderful Indian father, she assured that family life would be a true melding of the cultures and traditions of East and West.

Cardamom Hills Trading Company

Southern India’s Cardamom Hills are the inspiration for my line of chutneys. My ancestors established their coffee plantation near this enchanting place.

All across India, chutney is an integral part of any meal–hot and spicy chutneys that add fire, sour chutneys that perk up the taste buds, or chutneys made using fresh ingredients such as coconut, cilantro, mint, and tamarind. The British adaptation of Indian chutney marries fruits like apples, plums, apricots and peaches with vinegar and spices to recreate flavors reminiscent of India. My hand-crafted chutneys, based on the popular British tradition, are made using the fruits and vegetables of my Pacific Northwest home; spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger; and heirloom family recipes.