Marrow & ginger jam

Marrow & ginger jam

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(24 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins plus overnight standing


About 4 x 450ml jars
A traditional way to use up marrows, or courgettes, that have grown too big for their boots

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal102
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 4 unwaxed lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1.8kg marrow, peeled and cut into sugar-cube-size pieces
    Basket of marrows


    A marrow is a cucurbit, which means it’s from the same family as the melon, cucumber,…

  • 1.8kg jam sugar (with added pectin)
  • large knob fresh root ginger, about 85g, peeled and shredded


  1. Pare the zest from the lemons with a peeler, then juice them, keeping the juice, shells and any pips. Tie the shells and pips into a muslin bag. Put the marrow into a preserving pan with 2 tbsp of the lemon juice, then cook on a medium heat, stirring often, until the pieces are turning translucent and soft but not mushy. Bubble off any juices before stirring in the sugar, the rest of the juice, the zest, ginger and the muslin bag. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 10-15 mins or until the marrow has softened completely and the jam has reached setting point (see Tips, below). Pot the jam into warm jars (see below). The flavour of the jam will mature and intensify over the next few months, so tuck it away in a dark, cool place.

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10th Sep, 2009
I made a big batch of the Marrow and Ginger Jam last night. It was absolutely beautiful. I read down the comments and noticed the person that put a bit of chilli in so tonight I have made it with half a chilli in and some brandy to preserve. It smells wonderful. I love the website. Many Thanks
22nd Aug, 2009
Made this following Lynda Poyroo's recipe below and it set really well. Loved the taste too ... thanks Lynda for your tips
19th Aug, 2009
I made my marrow jam using this recipe last year, I did notice after a few weeks it started to go fluffy on top so I scraped it of and re-boiled it but this time I added Brandy to help preserve it. The flavour is fantastic and the colour is a light golden and I still have some left in my cupboard and some friends can't wait for this year’s batch.
16th Aug, 2009
Expensive to make because of the jam sugar and made a gloopy, nasty flavoured mess. In fact it tastes so bad, I will be throwing it out. I make a lot of jams and chutneys and this is by far the worst I'd made.
9th Aug, 2009
I was unsure if this had set properly as it seemed a little on the runny side even though i tested it on a cold plate and it wrinkled well. In the end i decided,when cold, put it in the fridge and it is fine now. I would make this again.
24th Jul, 2009
please how do you store top third down or whatever it is that is mixed up in Methodology part 2. I do not require flakey Jam thank you
30th Oct, 2008
love it
30th Oct, 2008
This is fantastic but took ages to set. I think it is because we have had lots of rain and our marrows were cooked straight from being picked, so way more water in them than in your supermarket bought ones. Second lot, I threw water away from initial cooking of marrow and it set beautifully.
29th Oct, 2008
Nottage, My jam was very runny at first, I too thought oh well, throw it in the bin. But before I did I put it all back in a saucepan and re boiled it for quire a bit longer than the first time. It turned out perfectly. Do try again. It is worth it.
29th Oct, 2008
Having doubts regarding a Marrow Jam I was a bit hesitant to make it, but as my allotment had produced so many Marrows this year,I thought what the heck! What a surprise I had, the jam is fabulous, I have given tasters to all my friends and family, before telling them them what is in it. Eveyone thinks it is delicious, and cannot believe it is made of Marrows. I am now about to make some more to use up the last of my Marrows!!!!!!!! Chritmas presents here we come.


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