Growing up, orange marmalade was never really my thing. It was that strange stuff from Brit cuisine, that looks really good, but tastes unbearably bitter. Such a shame when that was the only jam in the fridge.
But like all things, try it long enough and you develop a liking for it. I’ve learned to love marmalade, so much so that since going whole-food plant-based, I’ve actually missed the pleasure of some of the jams I was much, much, addicted to.
But here’s another problem solved now: Sweet jams/preserves can be made with sweet fruits or sweet dried fruits.
This is a sequel to my Black Lemon Marmalade, which used currants as a sweet base and gave an unusual appearance for a marmalade, along with a taste to die for. I was curious what fresh green seedless grapes can do. The answer is: wonders!
The recipe below makes a sweet marmalade. It is appreciably sweet but do not expect something as outrageously sweet as commercial marmalades that barely have any fruit to them and are basically flavoured pure sugar. This recipe is also barely bitter at all, which should make marmalade far more interesting to most people. But if you love a bitter marmalade I’m not letting you down either (See Notes in the recipe).
Spread that citrusy deliciousness on anything you fancy, cakes, scones, or a healthy bread like my whole-food bread here.
- 500g seedless green grapes, blended
- 1 orange, washed
- 1 lemon
- Peel the orange and lemon. There are some ways to do that nicely using a knife, look it up. We will not use the lemon peel.
- Cut the peeled orange and lemon in half, remove seeds. You can cut in slices and aim that towards a light to see through if you left any seeds behind.
- Blend the orange, lemon, and grapes.
- Cut the orange peel in thin strips.
- Put everything in a pot on medium heat until it reduces and starts to bubble like caramel.
- Cover and keep on very low heat for 2 to 3 hours mixing regularly every 15 to 30 minutes to prevent burning at the bottom of the pot.
- Let cool and keep in a clean closed container.
For a more bitter taste, sub some orange peel/flesh for grapefruit, or some of the peel for lemon peel.