Blood Orange Chilli Marmalade
Blood Orange Chilli Marmalade is a unique twist on a traditional marmalade recipe, combining juicy blood oranges with spicy birds eye chillies.
Available now while stocks last! Don't miss out, it won't be around forever!
How does it taste?
Blood oranges have a lovely bright and tart flavour, reminiscent of raspberries and sunshine. Combining this with the raw cane sugar, there's a complex sweetness balanced with a little acidity - and of course, a little heat from the birds eye chillies. The peel isn't as bitter as other types of orange (such as Seville), so if you're not usually a marmalade fan, give this one a try!
How is it made?
First, the peel is separated from the pulp, removing the majority of the pith. The peel is carefully hand-sliced to a thick cut, and then left to soak in water for 2-3 days. On cook day, the drained peel is combined with the blended pulp, raw cane sugar, birds eye chillies, and a little bit of pectin for extra set. It's left to boil for about 1hr until the peel is tender and translucent.
What's a "blood" orange?
The name comes from the red pulp of the Moro variety of orange. The colour comes from anthocyanin, which the orange tree produces particularly strongly when there's a large variation between night-time and day-time temperatures. The exposed slops of Sicily, which is where our source farms are based, are the perfect environment for producing this variety of orange!
"Blood orange" also includes the Tarocco variety of orange. These are typically grown alongside Moro oranges. They don't produce as much anthocyanin, so their pulp is much more orangey, but they have similar flavour notes to Moro. They also produce for a few more months each season. Easton Chilli uses a mix of Moro and Tarocco oranges, the ratio depends on what's available at the time of production.
Where are the blood oranges from?
The blood oranges are sourced via CrowdFarming, a platform that connects farmers directly to consumers and producers. Through CrowdFarming, Easton Chilli adopted a tree at Arancebio organic farm in Sicily, Italy, which we've named Queen Jamidala. She (amongst other trees) has provided us delicious juicy oranges in both 2022 and 2023. Long may she reign.
In 2023, the Arancebio season ended a little too soon for our production needs so we sourced some extra blood oranges, again via CrowdFarming, from Oroverde organic farm who are also in Sicily.
How spicy is it?
Heat tolerance is very individual! Chilli fans rate its heat level at 2/5, and those with more delicate tastes rate it 4/5. A bit of zing anyone can enjoy!
Goes great with...
Blood Orange Chilli Marmalade is great in a sandwich, burger, or something different on a cheeseboard - its bright citrussy flavour pairs especially well with a strong mature cheddar.
It's also delicious straight on warm buttered toast.
""The marmalade... 🤯 Have you tried it with peanut butter? I'm obsessed." " - Anon from Bristol
- Winner of GOLD in Taste of the West 2023
Brown sugar, organic blood oranges, fermented chilli mash (birds eye chillies, cider vinegar, salt), pectin.
Vegan ✅ Delicious ✅
Made in a home kitchen - best effort is made to avoid contamination, but this product may contain allergens.
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How spicy are your products?
Tolerance to chilli heat is very individual! Easton Chilli products are rated out of 5 on heat, trying to make a scale that works for regular people (i.e. people who don't have hot sauce on everything! :) )
- 0/5 - No heat here. Possibly suitable for your newborn baby.
- 1/5 - Just a hint. If you like your spice, you probably think this is nothing.
- 2/5 - A bit of zing. Everyone should be able to enjoy this level of heat, whether you're a regular folk or a chilli fiend. Most of our products are aimed at this level.
- 3/5 - It's heating up. Probably getting a little spicy for the regular folk now, definitely too spicy for a newborn baby.
- 4/5 - Now we're talking! You might talk your pal into trying this once, but they might need a glass of milk, and they might not speak to you for a while.
- 5/5 - Everything that's way too spicy for a regular person.
Here are some rough equivalences in heat.
- Heinz Tomato Ketchup = Easton Chilli 0/5
- Nando's Medium Peri Peri = Easton Chilli 2/5
- That chilli sauce at your local kebab shop = probably Easton Chilli 3/5
- Chilli Daddy's 4 = Easton Chilli 5/5
How does delivery work?
We offer a selection of delivery services depending on your location and order. Choose from them at the checkout.
- Collection (Mivart St, BS5): FREE
- Cycle delivery (Easton and nearby): FREE
- Cycle delivery (Bristol BS1-16 via Zedify): £2
- Royal Mail 2nd Class (UK, NI, GG, JE, IM): £4
- Orders weighing more than 2kg (5+ jars): £6
- Orders valued £30 or more: FREE!
All orders should be with you within 3-5 working days from when you order (it might be a little longer around public holidays).
Large orders (10+ jars) please get in touch so we can make special arrangements.
International orders are available depending on what the customs regulations are of your country. Please get in touch before you place your order to confirm whether we can ship to your country.
Where are your products made?
All the jam I make myself, in my home kitchen in Easton!
My t-shirts are printed by the lovely Live Ink Co, based in Old Market in Bristol.
Of course. Sustainability is important to Easton Chilli and it's considered in all parts of the business.
We try to reuse waste materials in our packaging, so if someone has delivered bubble wrap to us, or we have a perfectly sized Amazon box lying around, we might use them for your order. Better to reuse it than throw it away to landfill!
All new packaging that we source is plastic-free and recyclable, and we prefer to buy cardboard or recycled materials where possible. Sometimes we use corn-starch mailer bags.
Any waste cardboard that we can't use gets shredded and put into our compost heap, along with our waste vegetable scraps from jam cooking. The worms love this arrangement.
We try to source all our ingredients "loose" and prefer local and low-plastic companies.
We use preserving techniques like lacto-fermentation to extend the shelf life of some of our ingredients, for example we can buy in a few kg of bird's eye chillies and keep using them for months under the right conditions.
The packaging of our jars is designed to be removed - it's just a bit of string and card. The idea is that you're more likely to reuse a jar if you don't have to spend ages washing off the sticker that's on it.
Unfortunately due to UK Food Safety regulations, we are not allowed to re-use any glass jars that are destined for jam making. We have to use new jars and lids for each product. If this weren't the case we'd love to have a closed-loop return and reuse system in place.
We've partnered with Zedify to deliver our packages in Bristol. Their fleet of electric cargo bikes means deliveries within BS1-16 are low-carbon-emitting.
Delivery to the rest of the UK is done using Royal Mail and other couriers like DPD, many of which are working to reduce their carbon emissions.