• Stories about the origins of marmalade abound - some, inevitably, more believable than others. Food historians generally agree that the term 'marmalade' derives from the Portuguese word 'marmelada'. Marmelada was a solid paste made from cooked-down quinces and sugar, rather than the bittersweet preserve that we're familiar with. According to the history books, in 1524, Henry VIII received a gift of a 'box of marmalade', which was likely to have been the quince sweetmeat. Mary Queen of Scots was one of the earliest fans of marmalade, it seems. It's said that during a bout of seasickness on a sailing from France to Scotland, it was the sugary substance made of quinces she turned to in order to ease her queasiness. Hello Langie,how are you doing?????

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