It is officially marmalade season, and marmalade has a long history embedded into the British culture. Here at Single Variety Co we want to preserve this (no pun intended) and we’re busy making the most delicious tasting marmalade for you to enjoy.
So, what is marmalade? And why is it different to a jam or preserve?
Marmalade has a long, complicated, and unclear history, but believed to date back to the 15th Century where it was originally made with quince paste. Other fruit pastes were later used, and the term “marmalade” became the generic name for fruit preserves made using a paste. It is thought oranges were first used in the 16th Century and in Britain we redefined “marmalade” as purely a citrus preserve. Read more about the history of marmalade here.
The favoured citrus fruit in the UK for marmalade is Spanish Seville oranges, which is what we use in our Single Variety Co Seville Orange Marmalade. But there is more to making the perfect marmalade, including peel, how set it is and ultimately the flavour.
The peel is the most distinctive feature of a marmalade, and different options are available. From thick cut all the way to shred less (that’s marmalade with no peel), we reviewed lots of option when developing our Seville Orange Marmalade and ours is a thin cut peel.
In terms of flavour we believe it is important that Seville Orange Marmalade has a balance of traditional bitter flavour with a sweet, refreshing orange tangy flavour. To ensure we get this flavour, we make our marmalade in small batches and cook for a shorter time.