Jam or Marmalade: that is the question

by Niki Kefala

I love eating marmalade on my breakfast. I also love jam. But there is a difference between them. Their ingredients and the manner in which they are prepared. The truth is that they are both very tasty and always is difficult for me to choose one of them. Both of them are made with whole fruit, sugar and water, but only marmalade is prepared with a fruit’s peels. Because of the importance of peels, marmalade are made exclusively from citrus fruits, while jams can be made from almost any fruits and vegetables.

My lovely jam…

Jam is a preserve food. In the process of creating a jam, the fruits are chopped to a bite site pieces and cooked until it is thick. A jam like already mentioned, always made from the whole or cut fruits, cooked to a pulp with sugar, producing a thick, fruity, spread. You can use this fruity delicacy onto toast or used as a base for tarts.



Yummy spread

Marmalade is similar to jam but made only from bitter Seville oranges from Spain or Portugal. The name of Marmalade riginates from the Portuguese Marmelos, which is a quince paste similar in texture to an orange spread. Marmelo in turn derives from Latin melimelum, which orginally comes from the earlier Greek melimelum (meli= honey, melum=apple). But enough with the history… A marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits, boiled with sugar and water. At infused spreads, all marmalade has with in its contents, peels and flesh of citrus fruit and sometimes combined with other berries or spices to create an incredible spread.

I hope I made you understand the difference between them. The choice is yours…


ricotta cheescake with orange marmalade

Ricotta cheescake with orange marmalade

Masala Chai Marmalade Cake
Marmalade Cake

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