The Story of How Harty’s Became Excellent Pepper Jelly Makers.
Originally from Tralee, County Kerry, Melanie Harty moved to the U.S. in the
early nineteen eighties to further her career and enrich her knowledge of the
artisan food sector.
Spending several years in Washington D.C. and South Carolina, Melanie
became passionate about the melting pot of ethnic cuisine synonymous with
North American cooking.
Following periods working within food production and distribution, Melanie
became interested in using her skills to launch her very own product. She had
been struck by the great taste and versatility of pepper jelly – an increasingly
popular condiment that has its roots in the spicy rustic home-cooked food of
Texas and the surrounding southern states.
In 1993, Harty’s Pepper Jelly was launched at market level in the U.S. and
sold at the acclaimed Eastern market on Capitol Hill. Here, direct contact with
customers helped Melanie develop important insights into emerging tastes and trends.
On her return to Ireland in 1996, Melanie Harty established her own fine food
restaurant – The Cookery in Tralee. As owner-manger, Melanie built up an award
winning business that became internationally recognised for its high standards of
After a decade of success running The Cookery, the Kerry born food
entrepreneur is now producing and marketing her unique pepper jelly range
Melanie Harty has created the perfect collection of artisan products using simple
Discover Harty’s Pepper Jelly for yourself and experience the exceptional taste of
these unique, delectable condiments.