Marmellata di Zucca Invernale

Pumpkin preserve

Preparation info

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Honey from a Weed

By Patience Gray

Published 1986

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  • 1 kg ( lb) of winter pumpkin, peeled and sliced into segments and neatly cubed
  • 750 g (1 lb 10 oz) of sugar
  • ¾ litre (27 fl oz) of water
  • a sliced lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of mostarda di Cremona syrup and
  • 2 or 3 of its chopped fruits


    Make a thin syrup with the sugar and water and the lemon slices, boiling it up in a shallow pan to the point where a drop will adhere to a wooden spoon. Only then throw in the pumpkin cubes. After ¼ hour of vigorous boiling add the mostarda and a few of its chopped fruits (plum, fig, pear, peach, cherry). Boil for a few more minutes. Put into small jars when cool and cover when cold.

    The point of the shallow pan is to allow for maximum evaporation aiming at a preserve which consists of almost transparent orange pumpkin cubes in syrup. The mostarda di Cremona contains mustard oil which is just what the pumpkin needs to give it a little bite. If unobtain-able, one can used preserved ginger, chopped with some of its syrup.