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Marmalade Competition

Update: 2nd March 2024

Congratulations to our 2024 Marmalade competition Winner, John with his saville blood orange and chilli marmalade! 🍊
Special mention to Jenny with her Orange with hint of ginger and Peter for his Irish breakfast marmalade, whiskey and oranges for breakfast,what could be better? 😂
Thank you to everyone who entered!
jars of marmalade in a row

Making Marmalade Time again

2024 Marmalade Competition! It’s that time of year again! For those that don’t know, it’s our annual Marmalade Competition and this year our prize is even better!

How to take part

Pop into the Fourpenny Pub this week to collect your oranges from @vegoutandgetfruity only the best Oranges!

Make whatever infusion style of Marmalade you would like using the oranges (Don’t cheat, our judges can tell and you’ll just end up with… Orange on your face)

The winner gets £50 Food and Drink Voucher and the privilege of boasting the best Marmalade in Warwick, possibly the world

Big thanks to @vegoutandgetfruity for supplying the fruits for this one! Go check out their other produce!

Marmalade – Ancient Beginnings!

The history of marmalade is a rich tapestry that spans continents, cultures, and centuries. This beloved preserve, known for its distinctive bittersweet flavour, has evolved significantly from its ancient origins to the breakfast staple we recognise today. The journey of marmalade from a simple fruit preserve to a culinary icon is a fascinating story of adaptation, innovation, and tradition.

The term “marmalade” is derived from the Portuguese word “marmelada,” which refers to a quince paste. This etymology points to the Iberian origins of the preserve, but the roots of marmalade stretch back even further to ancient Greece and Rome. In these civilisations, quinces were mixed with honey to create a sweet, thick concoction that was believed to have medicinal properties, especially for digestive ailments. This early form of marmalade was quite different from the citrus spreads we enjoy today, but it laid the foundation for the development of fruit preserves.

As the Roman Empire expanded, so did the culinary practices it absorbed from the regions it conquered. The art of making fruit preserves spread across Europe, and by the Middle Ages, marmalade had become a popular delicacy, especially among the elite. However, it was the introduction of sugar from the Arab world that transformed marmalade and other confections, making them more accessible and varied.

The pivotal evolution of marmalade occurred in the 15th and 16th centuries when the Portuguese began making marmelada with quinces and sugar. This version of marmalade was a firm paste, often molded into shapes and eaten as a sweetmeat. The preserve was highly prized and was even used as a royal gift. However, it was the introduction of bitter Seville oranges to Europe that gave birth to the marmalade we are familiar with today.

The story of orange marmalade in Britain is often linked to the city of Dundee in Scotland, where it is said that Janet Keiller invented the recipe in the 18th century. According to legend, Keiller used a shipment of Seville oranges, which had arrived at the port and were too bitter to eat raw, to make marmalade. She added sugar, transforming the bitter fruit into a sweet, tangy preserve. While this tale is apocryphal, it highlights Dundee’s role in popularising orange marmalade, with the Keiller brand becoming synonymous with the preserve.

Throughout the 19th century, marmalade became a staple of the British breakfast, enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Its association with the morning meal is partly due to the British Navy, which adopted lime marmalade as a means of preventing scurvy among sailors. This practice helped cement marmalade’s place in British culinary tradition.

In the 20th century, the mass production and commercialisation of marmalade spread its popularity worldwide. Today, marmalade is celebrated for its complex flavour profile and versatility in cooking and baking. It is the subject of competitions and festivals, such as the World’s Original Marmalade Awards, which attract enthusiasts from around the globe.

The history of marmalade is a testament to human creativity and the enduring appeal of simple, wholesome food. From its medicinal beginnings in ancient Greece to its status as a gourmet condiment, marmalade has remained a beloved feature of culinary traditions around the world, cherished for its unique taste and rich history.

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