Our friends in Ribatejo have an abundance of lemons. They have maybe 6 or 8 mature lemon trees, all dripping with large, juicy lemons. We’ve been there twice in the last month and on both occasions came back with a car boot full of fruit. If they lived closer they could supply us and our neighbourhood for the whole year.
So far I have made; Lemon Pickle, Lemon, Plum and Courgette Chutney, Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Cheesecake, Salted Lemons, Lemon Syrup and this, Lemon and Ginger Marmalade. I still have lemons filling my fridge’s salad drawer and a box full besides.
This marmalade turned out to have a fantastic set. I may be the appointed Queen of Chutney but I’ve made some dodgy marmalade in the past! It’s often still runny because I don’t like to boil away the fruity flavour, or occasionally it’s been like toffee and inedible, so I was really pleased that this set like a dream.
I added 100 gram packet of crystallised ginger and 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger to the recipe, which used 1.5 lbs of lemons. The ginger taste is strong and I think this will be very popular in the winter. In fact, I can imagine that a spoonful of this will make a very good remedy for a sore throat and that, dissolved in boiling water, it will ward off winter chills. I’m really glad we have a toaster again (but that’s another story!).