Marmalade : (n.) A preserve or confection made of the pulp of fruit, as the quince, pear, apple, orange, etc., boiled with sugar, and brought to a jamlike consistence.
Another beautiful and wonderful tradition I follow is bitter marmalade making. A tradition which is about giving and not so much about getting. This is the time of the year that the tangerine tree is laden with fruit and calling my name. I have a tradition of making bitter orange marmalade at this time of the year, packaging it in reusable jars that I collect through the year, and gifting them. I have a long list of bitter marmalade lovers who await their annual ‘share’!
Most people here gow tangerine shrubs purely for it’s ornamental beauty as the fruit is sour beyond belief. I love putting the pretty fruit to better use, which is both eye candy & tantalizing to the taste buds. This is traditional British-style marmalade made with a recipe handed down from my mothers’ friend. British marmalade is a sweet preserve with a bitter tang made from fruit, sugar, water and, in some commercial brands, a gelling agent. American-style marmalade is sweet, not bitter.
Tangerines are easy fruit to preserve as jam, as the seeds are high in pectin content. This particular recipe has the seeds tied together in a tiny piece of cheesecloth and immersed in the ingredients during the process. I think it adds to the conventional bitter edge to the marmalade.