It’s cold outside and that means it’s Bergamot fruit season. Now, if you are unfamiliar with what a Bergamot fruit is, it’s a popular fruit in Italy. It is best known for its bold citrus flavor, which is also very sweet.
Bergamot oranges are a delicacy for unique jam recipes because they are only available during the fall and winter seasons. As you can imagine people are rushing to the stores to buy them.
Bergamot jam is a popular item in Italian cuisine. So we wanted to share everything we know about the bergamot orange including some delectable unique jam recipes, you have to try!
What is a Bergamot Fruit?
A Bergamot Orange also known as a bergamot fruit is a citrus fruit the same size as an Orange. It can either be green or yellow, depending on how ripe the fruit it is. The Bergamot orange is known for its health benefits such as lowering high levels of cholesterol.
Bergamot is the most used in Italy for its citrus flavoring abilities. It is found in oils, puddings, and of course, unique jam recipes. So now that you know what a bergamot orange is it’s time for the best part: the recipes.
Bergamot Jam Recipes
This Bergamot jam recipe is sure to delight your taste buds. It creates about four to five cups of jam. First, you want to ensure the fruit you have is a Bergamot Orange.
Take a moment and gather all your ingredients. You want to have a pound of bergamot oranges. That’s about seven to eight bergamot oranges.
You want to have three cups of sugar. You are going to need two lemons and five in a half cups of natural water. Once you have gathered all your ingredients you are ready to begin.
First, cut the stem, slice the fruit in half, and remove the seeds. Remove the skins. Next, depending on how you want the texture of your bergamot jam you can cut the bergamot fruit into tiny slithers or puree it.
Then in a large pot with a heavy bottom, you want to add the bergamot mixture to the skins, lemon juice, and sugar. Bring it to a boil using high heat.
Then you want to reduce the heat to a simmer. This will help the jam cook. Cook the mixture for about 20-30 minutes.
You want to occasionally stir the bergamot jam during this process. Then remove it from the heat.
To test the jam, spoon some into a small dish. Put it in the freezer for one and a half minutes. Now, tilt the dish and if you see “wrinkles” in the jam it’s done.
Once the bergamot jam is done stir in the water. Jar the bergamot jam immediately. Let the mixture set between 1-2 hours and place it in the refrigerator.