Marmalade Competition 2024

Page last updated Monday 25th March 2024

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2024 marmalade competition!

In first place we have Martin Head – the judges loved his classic Seville Orange Marmalade for its texture, flavour and set. Martin’s recipe is now with Sue and her team from Jam Packed who will turn his recipe into a product for the farm shop. The label as always will be credited to Martin and we will let you know as soon as it is ready. Our runner up is Shirley Purchase who wowed the judges with her Lime and gooseberry marmalade. Here they both are with their hampers presented by farm shop manager Mel. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who entered and took part this year.

Recipe by Janet Basu – download a Kitchen Copy of Janet’s recipe here.

Secretts Annual Marmalade Competition 2024 is now closed

Here is a gallery of our previous winners!

Here is the brief!

If you are a traditionalist your entry must contain seville oranges and if you want to enter our ‘marmalade with a twist’ route you can meander down a more creative path. Limes, Lemons, Grapefruits or any other citrus fruits you fancy can form the base of your entry. As long as it can be classified as a marmalade you can get as fancy as you like. To help here is a classification of marmalade from Wikipedia.

“Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water. The well-known version is made from bitter orange. It is also made from lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, sweet oranges, bergamots, and other citrus fruits, or a combination. Citrus is the most typical choice of fruit for marmalade, though historically the term has often been used for non-citrus preserves.[1]
The preferred citrus fruit for marmalade production[according to whom?] is the Spanish Seville or bitter orange, Citrus aurantium var. aurantium, prized for its high pectin content, which sets readily to the thick consistency expected of marmalade. The peel imparts a bitter taste.
The word “marmalade” is borrowed from the Portuguese[2] marmelada, from marmelo ‘quince’. Unlike jam, a large quantity of water is added to the fruit in a marmalade, the extra liquid being set by the high pectin content of the fruit.[citation needed] In this respect it is like a jelly, but whereas the fruit pulp and peel are strained out of jelly to give it its characteristic clarity, it is retained in a marmalade.”

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Competition opens on the 4th January and entries must be in by close of business on Friday 16th February 2024..

As always there will be a farm shop hamper for the winner and the runner up and the winning recipe will be made up for the farm shop by Sue Woodward and her team at award winning preserve makers Jam Packed. Sue had kindly agreed to be part of our judging panel again this year. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out more about Jam Packed.