Apple Rhubarb Marmalade

Since rhubarb made its Spring debut in my garden this week, I thought I’d share some favorite rhubarb recipes, starting with a delicious jam.

My Rhubarb in April

A cold-loving plant, rhubarb thrives in the North Country without a lot of fuss.

I got this simple recipe from the UAF Extension Service’s rhubarb recipes handout.

My Rhubarb Patch in May

By the end of May, my rhubarb patch is in full production.

(They also publish a helpful flier on growing rhubarb.)

My Rhubarb in August

Rhubarb is a hearty perennial that produces well into August in my garden.

I’ve made this jam for over 14 years, and often wondered why it’s called “marmalade” when there isn’t any citrus peel included.

June Rhubarb Harvest

I picked nearly 10 lbs. of rhubarb to share at music camp last summer.

However, after searching online, I concluded that “marmalade” can simply mean any jam-like fruit preserve. Besides, rhubarb has a distinctly citrus-y taste.

Organic Homegrown Apples

"Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds & the bees, please!" - Joni Mitchell

Plus, it’s just fun to say “Apple Rhubarb Marmalade” out loud (go on, give it whirl…), so I’ll keep the name. Just know you won’t need any citrus peel for this preserve.

You will, however, need some apples. We have 3 old apple trees, so I try to use our own.

Peeling Apples by Hand

I make a game of trying to remove an apple's peel in one long spiral.

So, without further ado, I give you:

Apple Rhubarb Marmalade

3½ cups sugar
5 cups rhubarb stalks, cut fine
5 cups apples, peeled & sliced thin

Place alternate layers of sugar and rhubarb in a glass bowl. Let stand overnight.
In the morning, add the apples and simmer 1½ to 2 hours.
Pour boiling hot into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Adjust caps.

Process 15 minutes in boiling water bath.

Yields 6 half pints.

Jars of Apple Rhubarb Marmalade

Putting up my own fruit preserves feels like money in the bank come winter.

Simple and delicious!

What about you? Do you have a favorite rhubarb recipe? Do you make other preserves?

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