Pastilla Nash commenced operation with its signature product, Prune and Walnut Log, in late 2002. Jan, with 25 years experience in the food industry as a caterer and food editor, decided to make a family recipe and serve it with cheese to her peers.
In those days, the only accompaniment to cheese was quince paste and fresh fruit. It was a huge success. Simon Johnson, Australia’s renowned food purveyor, embraced the idea and enthusiastically encouraged production of this marketable product.
Once refinements to the cooking method and the balance of ingredients were made, Jan realized her new venture and commercial manufacturing of the Prune and Walnut Log then commenced. Within weeks of hitting the shelves, the Prune and Walnut Log was featured in Melbourne and Sydney food columns.
Rapidly growing interest in this quality product created a demand that caused stocks to be sold out in its first Christmas. Since then, the yield has increased as a result of wider distribution and the ongoing sales to convinced connoisseurs.