Mom II used to live in Turgutreis, Bodrum before moving to another city. Bodrum is located in Aegean region, on the West of Turkey. Besides being famous for its untouched bays and paradise like beaches, this city is also famous for its citrus fruits. You can even see citrus trees in the city center. And these are definitely different from the fruits you buy from markets. They have such a distinctive fragrance that you have that dilemma of eating or smelling. You know you can’t do both at the same time. when you eat, it’s all gone!
Bitter orange appears in February and its bitter flavor is almost gone towards the end of the month. People in this city make orange marmalade from sweet orange while they make jam from bitter orange (Sour orange or Seville orange) especially at that time of year. I’m originally from the South of Turkey, and this jam is also popular there. Although its name calls for breakfast, it’s a little different from regular jams. Jams are typically served at breakfast in Turkey, but this one is mostly served as dessert to end up dinner. Also, you can serve this to your guests along with Turkish coffee. They make a great combination of balanced flavors.
Mom II gave us two jars of bitter orange peel last year and we still have one of them as we stopped eating sweet things like jam months ago because of blood sugar problems. I was thinking of writing about it here, but wasn’t sure when. I received a comment today asking for the recipe of this jam. And I decided not to wait any longer to share it with you before giving it to a friend as a gift. So here is mom II’s recipe.