What does the name “Awani” mean?
Awani means “Earth” in old Balinese. The name Awani reflects the Balinese reverence for nature. It appears in old religious Sanskrit texts written in the 13th to 15th century during the rule of the Majapahit empire.
Is your label design inspired by Balinese culture?
A main feature in our design is the distinctive black and white checked cloth called poleng. It is ubiquitous in Bali, wrapped around statues, drums, trees, stones and even people. The checks represent balance in the world: white for good, black for evil. The interweaving of white and black thread creates gray checks which signify that good cannot exist without evil. We have created a logo that is a modernised form of calligraphy of the ancient Kawi script. Today, written Kawi is used mainly in literary works and is rarely spoken.
Why is cooking with tropical fruit different?
Most tropical fruit is characterised by its delicate, fragrant flavours. Preserving these flavours in the cooking process requires an equally sensitive approach. Our entire approach to fruit handling, preparation and cooking is done by hand. We inspect, sort and grade every single fruit, so that we can select only the best quality fruit for our tropical fruit preserves. The fruit is then gently cooked, in small batches using the traditional open pan method, which allows us to preserve the delicate and delightful flavours of the tropical fruit.
Do you grow your own fruit?
We do not grow our own fruit. Our fruit is bought mainly from small, family-owned farms throughout the Indonesian archipelago, known as a mixed farm. A typical mixed farm will produce fruit and vegetables, and rear a small number of livestock. This model is well established in Bali and Java, but threatened by the economics of larger scale farming. We support these farmers by buying non-commercial grades of fruit, paying a premium for late-picked fruit which encourages farmers to grow higher quality produce, and creating a commercial demand for fruit that is commonly grown at home.
Are your tropical fruit preserves organic?
We do not label our preserves as organic. Indonesia does not have an established organic certification body. The small farms we work with cannot afford the cost of foreign organic certification. As much as we can, we ensure that the farmers we work with do not use chemical fertilisers and insecticides.
Do you make low sugar preserves?
We keep the sugar levels of our preserves as low as possible and within safe limits for preserving. We do not use artificial sweeteners.
Do you use preservatives?
We use natural cane sugar and fresh lime juice to achieve the necessary sugar levels and acidity for the jams and marmalades to be naturally preserved. We do not use any artificial preservatives.
What is the shelf life of Awani tropical fruit preserves?
All our preserves have a best before date of 2 years from the date of production. It is best to keep an unopened jar in a cool and dry environment. Once opened, we recommend that you keep the jar refrigerated and consume it within 6 months after opening.