Jams, jellies and marmalades are not a new concept. While we all know them as common bread spread or dessert, but most of us don’t really know the difference between them. And I am here to tell you that all the three of them are different. Now the common things between these are that all of them use fruits in its preparations. But its preparation style is what makes it different.
Jams- they are basically made by crushing the fruit with sugar. They are no very sweet and definitely not firm like a jelly. People often prepare them at home and it is a very common thing in so many countries. In Hindi, this is popularly known as murabba. You might have heard of or seen ginger murabba or awale ka murabba recipe in Hindi or English. Yes, they fall under the category of jams.
Jellies- now jellies are much more firm when compared with jams. They use fruit juice and sugar that is cooked and later cooled down. Gain you can either have jellies plain or use it as bread spread. They are translucent and often settle down to the shape of the container. The fruity flavour from it and the correct amount of sweetness is what makes jellies to special.
Marmalades- again, they too use fruits in their preparation. But they only use citric fruits usually. One would find citric fruit pieces and its peel that is suspended in a jelly which is mostly transparent.
So, these were some of the most common fruit preparations that one might see. But I still feel that jams have the most diversity when it comes with options. You can prepare a number or different types of jams and store it at your place. They can be well preserved if taken goo care of.
Some of the most common jams that you would find in our country are:
- Amla ka murabba- this is made with amla or what we all know as gooseberry. It is rich in vitamin C and actually has a lot of medicinal properties. You can also prepare them at home. If you need help then you could find amla ka murabba recipe in Hindi or English.
- Apple murabba- now apple does have medicinal properties. We all go by the saying ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away’. So, imagine the benefits one can have from apple murabba.
- Mixed fruit muraba- the mixed fruits murabba uses all types of fruits like cherries, apples, grapes etc., and trust me it will be better than the mixed fruit jam that you find in the supermarkets.
- Pineapple murabba- it just doesn’t taste amazing but also has medicinal properties. It has a high content of potassium and vitamins that makes it good for health.
- Ginger murabba- the ginger murabba again has medicinal properties. It can help you with indigestion and sore throat. Also, it tastes really good. You could keep the dry ginger murabba at your home and preserve it for months.