What on earth is Zumami?

That’s such a great question – and deserves a great answer, so here goes…

What Zumami products are out there?

At last count we have created 3 amazing Zumami (we think the plural is the same as the singular – don’t you?)


There are all kinds of chilli jams - but this one is DIFFERENT – It’s like no other on earth. How do we know this? Because THE Zumami recipe is our very own original aromatic recipe, having been created, evolved and fine-tuned for well over a decade in our home kitchen.


Already having picked up 2 fine food awards out of only 2 entries (thanks to Covid 19!), Zumami Asian inspired chilli jam takes us on a journey to Asia with its gentle wafting of cinnamon, star anise, garlic and onion, perfectly balancing spice with flavour,


Prior to commercial release in December 2018, we conducted rigorous taste testing on unsuspecting family and friends until they eventually gave in and placed their forward orders.


With fresh, tangy and juicy apricots as its main ingredient, our very own “original” Zumami is unique among Chilli Jams. There are now 2 versions of this flavour– the original version (containing a small amount of fish sauce) and a plant based version for those with a vegetarian or vegan inclination.


The chilli heat level is rated as medium – although this really depends on your individual tolerance – so while some heat is key to its allure, flavour is everything!


Not everyone loves chilli – that’s a fact – so for those who don’t, Mouthwater Foods recently launched a distinctly crisp, gingery and subtly aromatic, Spiced Apple Zumami.


Outstanding with sharp cheeses, this relish is equally at home as a side relish with an Indian curry, some BBQ’d sausages or a vegie stack.


Like all Zumami, we use Australian ingredients wherever possible to support other local businesses and to minimise food miles. Fresh Granny Smith apples are balanced with the intensity of ginger and the exotica of cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric to create a mouthwatering spicy side.


With barbecue as one of Australia’s most important national pastimes, we wanted to ensure that our original Zumami Flavour can be used to transform your BBQ of choice to a whole other level!


Trial and error taught us quickly that for this to work, some modifications were required from the original. Into R & D mode and we found the answer: infusing oil to minimise over- caramelisation and make it coat extra well - and adding a modest amount of extra chilli to make certain the BBQ’d   ingredients maintains the desired “kick” and flavour profile when heated to high temps.


This crowd pleaser marinade can also be used as a glaze for baking – for ribs, chicken wings, a baked cauliflower and “sooo” much more.

Focus on flavour and pairing

While spice is nice, at Zumami we believe that too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing. This is why our condiment products are created to be all about the flavour.


So Zumami’s Asian inspired Chilli Jam is not about being extra hot and spicy, unlike so many of the “knock your socks off” chilli sauces and condiments on store shelves.  Its layers of flavours are the full package, offering a perfect blend of salty, spicy, sour and sweet to go with a huge range of foods and recipes.

Zumami’s Spiced Apple  &  Ginger Relish carries on our philosophy of making the most of a great key ingredient -   then taking that ingredient to another level in a packaged, long shelf life product.  At Zumami, we believe that food should be experienced as a journey – and that by pairing with all kinds of food, in lots of different and creative ways, our range of Zumami and their amazing flavours can be sensed, savoured and enjoyed by all (well maybe not babies... but then again?)

Zumami is sold (and tasted) in busy cafes, deli’s, restaurants, cellar doors Australia wide.  So if you have a favourite food haunt where you would like to buy your regular Zumami supplies (or taste it on the menu), by all means share the love! 


Send us a message via the contact form with your suggestions we’ll happily send you a small Zumami token of our appreciation as a thank you for your input (Australia only).

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