“Bought marmalade? Oh dear, I call that very feeble.”
~ Lady Trentham, Gosford Park (2002)
Are you fond of marmalade? If so, you're in good company, besides Paddington Bear, in Ian Fleming’s 1957 novel From Russia, With Love, it is revealed that James Bond has it on his toast in the mornings.
The "Marmalade, My Toast is Calling" tartan marks end of competition for World's Best Marmalade in Dalemain Mansion & Gardens, Penrith, Cumbria, the results of which will be announced today. The marmalade awards are given in several categories, including: homemade, artisan, hotel, B&Bs, and more.
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan evokes the colors of browned toast, creamy butter, and the oranges and orange peel that are the hallmarks of traditional orange marmalade.
Technically, a marmalade fruit preserve can be made from various fruits, but the classic citrus fruit for marmalade production in Britain is the Spanish Seville orange, Citrus aurantium var. aurantium, prized for its high pectin content. The peel has a distinctive bitter taste which it imparts to the marmalade.
According to a Scottish legend, probably apocryphal, the creation of orange marmalade in Britain occurred by accident. The legend tells of a ship carrying a cargo of oranges that broke down in the port of Dundee, resulting in some ingenious locals making marmalade out of the cargo.
For more fascinating facts about the history of marmalade and references in literature and popular culture, click the buttered toast with marmalade!