Marmalade Oranges

I’m talking about the Bitter Oranges from Seville that arrive here from early January.

The season is short, so you have about another two weeks to grab them and make the best marmalade in the world.

Put a little Irish Whiskey in the jar before sealing and storing to add that bit of magic to the flavour.


Champagne Rhubarb


January is the month for Champagne Rhubarb.

This Rhubarb tastes completely different to the usual varieties that we get here, later in the year.

Often called Forced Rhubarb, the best is supplied by growers from The Rhubarb Triangle,in Yorkshire.

It differs from our Summer Rhubarb in that it is grown indoors, in complete darkness.

The picture shows the Rhubarb being harvested by candlelight. This is the only time any light enters the grow houses

The result is a rhubarb that is a delicate pink colour and when lightly cooked, with a small amount of added sugar, has the flavour of pink champagne. Delicious with Clandeboye Vanilla Yoghurt.

Photo of forced rhubarb grower from