L’Hermitage and Beaumont Villa make Jersey Black Butter

Residents of L’Hermitage and Beaumont Villa care homes in St Peter, Jersey recently went on a trip to The Elms, a local 18th Century farm complex owned by The National Trust for Jersey and which is situated at the top of St Peter’s Valley.

It is set in a beautiful scenery and surrounded by 80 vergées of land and comprises a main house, farmhouse and an extensive range of outbuildings, The Elms displays a wealth of architectural detail as well as providing an insight into Jersey’s agricultural heritage.

It also holds a special place in one of our resident’s hearts as he used to farm at The Elms and it is where he raised his family. His daughter joined us for the trip and met us there and they had a wonderful time recalling their family life here and the old times.

One of the highlights of the trip was to learn and participate in the traditional art of Jersey Black Butter making or ‘Le Niere Buerre’, a delicious local delicacy from the Island’s apple harvest. This is a very old and traditional farm-house delicacy of Jersey, and the product is important not only in gastronomic terms, but as a reminder of the traditional rural culture of the Island.

It is made by stewing apples over an open flame for days and when ready, is black in colour and can be used to spread on bread as an accompaniment to cheers, pork chops, etc. However, unlike its name its texture and consistency is actually more like jam than butter.

The apples have to be cored, peeled, and chopped before being thrown into a pot over a huge open fire which is then stirred day and night for several days with a wooden ‘rabot’ or paddle and with extra ingredients added like cinnamon, lemon, spices and liquorice all added into the pot. sugar, lemon, spices and a hint of liquorice added. The mixture is continuously stirred with a wooden ‘rabot’ or paddle.

It smelled absolutely wonderful and we were only too happy to help peel the apples and get suck into the task at hand with the promise of tucking into some when we had finished our work.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was filled with fun and laughter as well as bringing back many a happy memory for our residents who lived here, visited The Elms, as well as those who for years have enjoyed this tasty treat. Of course we could not leave without buying some of the Jersey Black Butter for the rest of the residents back at our homes!

Our two stunning care homes in Jersey, L’Hermitage and Beaumont Villa provide accommodation and care services to the highest levels. These distinguished nursing homes in Jersey are both set in prestigious locations within the grounds of L’Hermitage Gardens Retirement Village in St Peter and offer residents a truly wonderful quality of life.

If you would like to find out more about life at L’Hermitage and Beaumont Villa, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact us on 0808 223 5521 or manager.lhermitage@CaringHomes.org.

 

L’Hermitage

Home Manager

Colette Bonner

Address

La Route de Beaumont,
St Peter,
Jersey,
JE3 7HH

Contact
0808 223 5521
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Beaumont Villa

Home Manager

Colette Bonner

Address

La Route de Beaumont,
St Peter,
Jersey,
JE3 7HH

Contact
0808 223 5409
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