Our buddy Joe at Good Morning Gloucester has a post about his sister's Rosa Ragusa Jelly so I thought this would be a good time to post my recipe for Rosa Ragusa Marmalade. Rosa Ragusa, or Beach Roses, can be found all along our coast and at this time of the year most of the roses have gone by and left behind their "hips", plump, round colorful fruit that is very, very rich in Vitamin C. You can gather the hips and cook them up for jelly as Felicia did on Good Morning Gloucester, or make them into marmalade by adding orange, lemon and apple.
For this recipe you'll need 2-3 qts. of plump rosehips that have been washed, stems removed, sliced in half and the seeds scooped out. Chop the rosehips into small pieces to make 4 cups.
Cut the ends off of an orange and 2 lemons and set them aside. Remove the peelings and set them aside also. Chop the pulp into small pieces and add this to the rose hips. With a very sharp knife slice half of the orange peel into fine slivers and remove strips of zest from lemon peel, add this to the fruit and add the remaining peeling to the ends.
Peel and core a large green apple. Put the peelings with the reserved fruit peel and grate the apple with a coarse grater and add to the fruit pulp.
Place all of the fruit pulp in a heavy kettle and add 4-5 c.water. Place over medium heat. Gather up the discarded peelings, seeds, etc. and place in a cheesecloth bag. Wrap tightly and seal add to the pot (this adds pectin to the mixture). Bring the pot to a hard boil and boil for 20-30 mins.until the fruit peel is tender. Remove the cheesecloth bag and place in a bowl to cool. Once it has cooled enough to handle, squeeze the juice out and add it back into the pot.
Add 5-6 c. sugar to the mixture (if you add 1 tsp.of butter it helps reduce the foaming) and bring to a gentle simmer stirring often with a wooden spoon. You can test the quality of the jell by placing a small amount on a plate that has been in the freezer. When the proper consistency is reached, you can can in sterile canning jars or pack in containers to keep in the fridge.
This is a delicious mixture for use on breakfast toast to bring a little beach sunshine to brighten winter.
Thanks for reading.