At the March meeting of Ellastone Monday Club Lesley Bentley talked about the history of marmalade and how she came to make marmalade and chutneys for Fortnum and Masons in London.
The Romans and Greeks first discovered how to make marmalade when they mixed quince with honey and found it set and they used it as a sweet.
In Tudor times it was also used as a sweet in England when it came from Portugal and Spain.
It was when citrus fruit became plentiful that it was made from oranges in Portugal and found its way to England.
John Keiller and his mother opened a sweet shop in 1797 in Dundee and started manufacturing marmalade which the family still do to this day.
Mrs Bentley started jam-making when she had a surplus of plums in the garden. She gave it to friends at work and her jams and chutneys became very popular.
Mrs Bentley then entered a competition and came second. She was asked to collect her certificate in London by Fortnum and Masons and asked to supply them with her produce.
She brought a sample of her various marmalades for us to taste, Seville, blood orange, lemon, lime and ginger which were delicious.
She also brought a marmalade cake and sausages in a marmalade sauce which were very popular.
She was thanked by Pam Shouksmith. Tea and biscuits were served by Robbie Ferriday and Sheilagh Wilson.
The next meeting of the Monday Club will be on Monday April 1 at 2.30pm in the village hall at Ellastone when there will be a film show by Ken Mansfield.