Marmalade

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Here I couple treasured preserving memories of my childhood with a wealth of rare & exotic citrus. With local access to hundreds of varieties in the Gene Lester Collection, an array of growers/propagators, and my farmer’s market liaisons; marmalade is an inevitable and passionate part of my repertoire. It has a lore and history that spans the ages...and justly so.

My innovation is that I cook my marmalades with complex blends of juices rather than the traditional water, a flavor boost that balances their sour, bitter and sweet notes. The explosive new flavors that result have garnered ecstatic responses in all who try them! Use these fine marmalades on toast, scones and English muffins, but also with cheese, in a glaze, a marinade, or dessert. I am sure you'll find many ways to enjoy them!

Marmalade: See it being made!

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Shekwasha Marmalade

Shekwasha is a Japanese citrus native to Okinawa and Taiwan, and is very rare in this country. I was first introduced to this fruit some years ago by Toots Bier, then department head of the Citrus Studies Program at UC-Riverside, and later located some at the Gene Lester Collection in Watsonville. The sour juice and haunting floral peel is absolutely unique, and I have been using it for some years as the salient accent in my Grapefruit Marmalade. This season I was able to gather enough fruit to feature this gem of nature in its own marmalade, blended with juices of white grapefruit, Poorman orange, and the related Sacaton citrumelo, also from the Gene Lester Collection. A must-have for true marmalade aficionados!

8 oz.

$18.00
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Spring Gift Marmalade Duo

Those who savor special Marmalade will have two reasons more to LOVE you! Choose any TWO items from the list below:

Rangpur Lime Marmalade
Five Grapefruit Marmalade
Seville Orange Marmalade
Blood Orange Marmalade

Indicate your choices in the NOTES section on the cart page. They will be shipped in a beautiful gazebo box with lush green tissue and grosgrain ribbon (pictured).

$37.00 $34.00 Special Price!
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Choose Your Own Rare Marmalade Duo Gift Box

Those who savor special Marmalade will have two reasons more to LOVE you! Choose any TWO items from the list below:

Rangpur Lime Marmalade
Five Grapefruit Marmalade
Seville Orange Marmalade
Blood Orange Marmalade

Indicate your choices in the NOTES section on the cart page. They will be shipped in a beautiful gazebo box with lush green tissue and grosgrain ribbon (pictured).

$37.00
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Exclusive Signature Selections Rare Marmalade Trio

A limited selection of rare, exotic, special combination Marmalades. These choices are made in smaller than usual single batches given the finite availability of the remarkable fruit components. They are beautifully presented in a signature box for a truly memorable and rare gift...

Shekwasha Marmalade
Shekwasha is a Japanese citrus native to Okinawa and Taiwan, and is very rare in this country. I was first introduced to this fruit some years ago by Toots Bier, then department head of the Citrus Studies Program at UC-Riverside, and later located some at the Gene Lester Collection in Watsonville. The sour juice and haunting floral peel is absolutely unique, and I have been using it for some years as the salient accent in my Grapefruit Marmalade. This season I was able to gather enough fruit to feature this gem of nature in its own marmalade, blended with juices of white grapefruit, Poorman orange, and the related Sacaton citrumelo, also from the Gene Lester Collection. A must-have for true marmalade aficionados!

Black Finger Lime Marmalade
These oddities are natives of Australia that rode the continent as it broke away from Asia. In a more harsh and dry environment they evolved into shrubs with tiny leaves, fierce thorns, and strange, delectable fruit. They are about an inch long with thin peel that runs from a rusty red to green to black, and are filled with tiny green to pink beads, also known as ‘citrus caviar,’ that burst to the bite, releasing a unique, heady floral lime flavor I can only call addictive. Rarely grown here, I have access in Moro Bay California.  A delight to chefs and connoisseurs everywhere.  At the end of this season I have managed to secure enough fruit for a single batch of marmalade as a special offer to my online customers.  Enjoy this miracle of nature while it lasts!

Calamondin Marmalade
Though this uncommon varietal originates in the Philippines (where it's also known as calamansi), it it grown privately in Northern California and I am fortunate to have access to this remarkable citrus known to make the very best marmalade. Tiny, delicate, and full of seeds, I used manicure scissors to harvest them, then took several days to cut them. The result was well worth the effort–deep, brilliant, jewel-like color, fine strips of delicate peel and a bright, piquant flavor that dances between mandarin, orange and lime, with a long finish all its own. It rarely gets any better than this! Get yours now, the limited supply never lasts for very long!

Shipped in the exclusive limited edition signature box (pictured).

$60.00
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Seville Orange Marmalade

My version of this classic sour orange marmalade blends in a small amount of bergamot orange for its perfume, and Meyer lemon, which has some orange parentage, for complexity. An English friend has dreams of this.

Ingredients: cane sugar, Seville oranges, Bergamot oranges, water, orange juice, Meyer lemon juice
8 oz.

$18.00
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Blood Orange Marmalade

The berry-like tang of deeply colored blood oranges from the DeSantis family is here blended with their Seville oranges and some fine pear vinegar to balance the sweetness of this fruit. For those who lean towards a sweeter marmalade, as well as those who love blood oranges.

Ingredients: Blood oranges, cane sugar, Seville oranges, water, vinegar
8 oz.

$18.00
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Rangpur Lime Marmalade

For the first time I have contacts for enough Rangpur limes to add a single fruit marmalade to my line. The qualities of this fruit that you may have enjoyed in the Rangpur Lime Syrup, Salt-Preserved Rangpur Limes, or the flavor boosts in several of my marmalade blends, embrace their essence here. With thin skin and brilliant color, this bright, smoky sour mandarin orange makes a perfect marmalade. Enjoy on toast, cheese, in marinades, or, as Erik Adkins at The Slanted Door in San Francisco does, in cocktails!

Ingredients: cane sugar, Rangpur limes, Rangpur lime juice, water
8 oz.

 

$18.00
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Five Grapefruit Marmalade

I pick white cocktail grapefruit, my favorite, from an old tree near downtown Napa, California and blend them with several Gene Lester rarities. The Mandalo and Poorman oranges are both delicious orange-grapefruit hybrids, and the 2 others, Shekwasha and Sacaton citrumelo, are grapefruit-like exotics with notes of passionfruit, mango, pineapple and pine. An even greater proportion of juice here and a blending of the exotic and familiar make this stellar marmalade a rocket-ride of superb flavor, with a long finish, gorgeous color and a perfect set. Wonderful with cheese.

Ingredients: Cane sugar, white grapefruit, water, Poorman orange, Mandalo, Shekwasha, Sacaton citrumelo
8 oz.

$18.00
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Calamondin Marmalade

Though this uncommon varietal originates in the Philippines (where it's also known as calamansi), it it grown privately in Northern California and I am fortunate to have access to this remarkable citrus known to make the very best marmalade. Tiny, delicate, and full of seeds, I used manicure scissors to harvest them, then took several days to cut them. The result was well worth the effort–deep, brilliant, jewel-like color, fine strips of delicate peel and a bright, piquant flavor that dances between mandarin, orange and lime, with a long finish all its own. It rarely gets any better than this! Get yours now, the limited supply never lasts for very long!

Ingredients: Sugar, Calamondin, water, Rangpur lime juice, orange juice, Meyer lemon juice
8 oz.

$20.00
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Black Finger Lime Marmalade

These oddities are natives of Australia that rode the continent as it broke away from Asia. In a more harsh and dry environment they evolved into shrubs with tiny leaves, fierce thorns, and strange, delectable fruit. They are about an inch long with thin peel that runs from a rusty red to green to black, and are filled with tiny green to pink beads, also known as ‘citrus caviar,’ that burst to the bite, releasing a unique, heady floral lime flavor I can only call addictive. Rarely grown here, I have access in Moro Bay California. A delight to chefs and connoisseurs everywhere. At the end of this season I have managed to secure enough fruit for a single batch of marmalade as a special offer to my online customers. Enjoy this miracle of nature while it lasts!

Ingredients: Cane sugar, black finger limes, lime juice, water
8 oz.

$20.00

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