Bread Angel creates Richard III food range to celebrate Leicester archaeological triumph

By Ben Miller | 12 November 2013

A spiced fig chutney, orange jam with honey and lavender, feisty tomato relish and thrice mustard dressing, handmade and emblazoned with a wild boar of the kind Richard III held as his symbol, have been created by a self-confessed “history buff” in honour of the former King in Leicester.

A photo of a jam jar full of orange jam next to a small sculpture of a medieval king
Rich dressings fit for a King in Leicestershire© Greyfriars Fine Foods
Rosie Clark, a “Bread Angel” who teaches people how to make real bread and won the Leicestershire Cook Off competition in 2011, decided to create the Medieval recipes after rushing to the site when archaeologists first moved in. Her Greyfriars Fine Foods company takes the same name as the carpark under which the monarch’s remains were unearthed.

“The archaeologists told me it’s just incredible – like a million-to-one shot,” she says, describing the discovery of the body.

“To find a named individual like this is almost unheard of, let alone a former king of England.

“I wanted to mark this amazing historical discovery, so I looked back at the ingredients used at the time of Richard III to give them a modern day twist.

“I am passionate about food, passionate about history and passionate about Leicester, and Greyfriars Fine Foods combines all three."

Nodding to the medicinal qualities of mugwort herbs, Clark used her health and nutrition background to search for plants, spices and foraged ingredients, including marigold petals.

She calls the recipes “an appealing selection” infused with local and national history, and has received support from local and international food and drink authorities and the University of Leicester.

“Feedback from the food fairs has been excellent,” she says.

“So now I am hoping to increase stockists across the country and look into export potential, as I believe the range has all the ingredients to be a successful brand.”

The right royal range is currently on sale at Fenwicks of Leicester and at Visit Leicester.

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A photo of a tall jar of orange jam next to some plants and a few apples and a cloth
© Greyfriars Fine Foods
A photo of a small jar of orange jam on a table next to flowers and a book
© Greyfriars Fine Foods
A photo of a tall jar full of dark orange dressing next to a shorter jar containing honey
© Greyfriars Fine Foods
A photo of a small jar of dark red jam next to several tomatoes and flowers on a table
© Greyfriars Fine Foods
A photo of a tall jar full of dark dressing next to a shorter jar containing honey
© Greyfriars Fine Foods
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There were no tomatoes in the Old World in Richard III's time. This "culinary artisan" is taking some artisanal license, as artisans often do.

The tomato is native to Central America. There are no examples of tomatoes in the Old World prior to the return voyages of the European explorers -- sometime after 1492. They weren't grown in English until about 100 years later.
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