14 Feb2013

What is it?!?

by Marketman


I am almost certain no one except Sister can guess what this bottle contains. A couple of balikbayan boxes arrived yesterday and there were several bottles of homemade goodies from Sister. But this one would befuddle even the most learned foodie. So go ahead, take a guess, and be as specific as you can be. In other words, don’t just say a category of food like say, chutney, but say indian mango and dried goji berry chutney. Wrack your brains, scour your memory banks for posts on Sister, and here’s a final hint… the base ingredient for this concoction is something I have featured on the blog before. Sorry, no prizes for correct answers, just supreme bragging rights that you figured it out. :)



  1. MP says:

    Lemon marmalade?

    Feb 14, 2013 | 4:47 pm


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  3. Camille says:

    Tangerine Jelly or Orange Tangerine Marmalade

    Feb 14, 2013 | 4:51 pm

  4. MiMac says:

    balimbing marmalade? :)

    Feb 14, 2013 | 4:56 pm

  5. Maricel says:

    Kumquat marmalade

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:10 pm

  6. jade says:

    kamias marmalade (no idea how it can get to US though) :) HVD to everyone

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:16 pm

  7. leni says:

    kamias marmalade

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:16 pm

  8. Jesse says:

    Kamias jam

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:17 pm

  9. esquire says:

    kamias jam

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:22 pm

  10. luan says:

    meyer lemon

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:39 pm

  11. Cecille B. says:

    It’s kamias marmalade.

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:55 pm

  12. chel says:

    kamias and mandarin marmalade

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:59 pm

  13. Mimi says:

    Tiny clementine marmalade?

    Feb 14, 2013 | 5:59 pm

  14. j. says:

    I wish there was another photo to look at… but from this angle it looks like some sort of pickled radish or some radish like fruit or veggie…either way the photo looks quite nice…

    Feb 14, 2013 | 6:07 pm

  15. j. says:

    On second thought… Buddha’s hand marmalade?????

    Feb 14, 2013 | 6:45 pm

  16. Kron says:

    Ditto with j., the details of the pulp/bits in the preserve are a bit too faint, but they definitely don’t look like the standard citrus slices. Citron though doesn’t have those pulps and mostly has the pith-like thing underneath the skin… Was going to say plum, but the slices are a little too “distinct” for a plum jam/marmalade. Or maybe a truffle preserve (one of the slices in the pic have those nerve-connections-like things)? That or i’m just really hungry and already seeing things hahaha

    Feb 14, 2013 | 7:31 pm

  17. rvinno says:

    Apricot-orange jam?

    Feb 14, 2013 | 7:32 pm

  18. Lei says:

    kamias marmalade. we have 2 kamias trees, would know it right away.

    Feb 14, 2013 | 7:38 pm

  19. rvinno says:

    I think it’s either apricot-orange jam or loquat jam? haha.. I’m just making guesses..

    Feb 14, 2013 | 7:44 pm

  20. ECC says:

    Is it a kumquat marmalade? Costco was selling a lot of kumquat plants recently … maybe for Chinese New Year.

    Feb 14, 2013 | 9:46 pm

  21. betty q. says:

    Kumquat-Ginger marmalade

    Feb 14, 2013 | 10:00 pm

  22. EJ says:

    I thought it was kumquat and ginger marmalade. Then I saw Betty Q had guessed the same earlier.

    Feb 14, 2013 | 10:10 pm

  23. artisan chocolatier says:

    blood orange jam

    Feb 14, 2013 | 10:15 pm

  24. edel says:

    apricot marmalade

    Feb 14, 2013 | 10:30 pm

  25. DhayL says:

    looks like “kamias” jam..

    Feb 14, 2013 | 10:44 pm

  26. betty q. says:

    Sister…you inspired me to make Kumquat or Mandarin Orange-Ginger-Habanero marmalade today….see what happens when you posts things like this, MM? My chores will be put on the back burner again and my thinking cap is on again!

    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:02 pm

  27. theresa says:

    definitely not kumquat marmalade, i make those i know what they look like. i’d guess kamias jam (although that looks too clear for kamias jam). it looks very delicious!

    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:07 pm

  28. Akeeno says:

    Meyer lemon marmalade? :)

    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:16 pm

  29. atbnorge says:

    Cucumber and orange marmalade??? Is that done?

    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:21 pm

  30. jdc8888 says:

    calamansi marmalade

    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:27 pm

  31. ros says:

    First thought was kamias jelly/marmalade or may be some form of atchara.

    But after googling, reading other guesses, and its imported provenance. I will settle for “Confiture Cedrat”.



    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:27 pm

  32. dhanggit says:

    Like Ros and most of the us here, I thought it was either atchara or kamias jelly :-) , but I really have no idea ;-)

    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:35 pm

  33. kakesandkandles says:

    I’m guessing cucumber and orange marmalade.

    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:51 pm

  34. Alan says:

    Kamias and Orange Marmalade

    Feb 14, 2013 | 11:54 pm

  35. datingpulubi says:

    pickled baby cucumber.

    Feb 15, 2013 | 12:06 am

  36. cora says:

    orange marmalade

    Feb 15, 2013 | 12:14 am

  37. Lizzie says:

    Quince marmalade? Pepper jelly?

    Feb 15, 2013 | 12:39 am

  38. betty q. says:

    Can I change my answer, MM…I second J’s answer…buddha’s hand marmalade!

    Feb 15, 2013 | 1:25 am

  39. allen says:

    definitely a marmalade..probably an orange one

    Feb 15, 2013 | 1:36 am

  40. lynn v says:

    Kamias marmalade!

    Feb 15, 2013 | 2:35 am

  41. EbbaBlue says:

    They look like yellow succhini marmalade or english cucumber pickles.. it might look yellow or orangey, but it might be just the light. I stared at the seeds and spines on the shape itself, it is round with scalloped edges.. I don’t know buddhas hand.. so I am not sure, but for sure not kamias or orange or kumquat..

    Sirit na… huwag mo na kaming pahirapan, wuwuwuwuwuwuuw….

    Feb 15, 2013 | 3:04 am

  42. EbbaBlue says:

    I searched for the post when Sister send you balikbayan boxes of Jams – and she did send you a lot of bottles, so I looked for what is yellowy in color and I came up with meyer lemon, yellow raspberry, peach lemon, (I don’t know the color of quince) and even probably yellow kalamansi.
    I myself was thinking of making yellow grape tomatoes marmalade.. if Ms. Betty will send me some (just joking – Whole Foods has them but not as fresh as Ms. Betty’s straight from the garden produce). I am thinking of doing kumquats too.. here ampalaya atchara is what they have been selling instead of the papaya ones.

    Feb 15, 2013 | 3:15 am

  43. betty q. says:

    Ebba…for papaya substitute…I use TROMBOCINO na mura pa…plant a few seeds but only plant 1 seedling in your garden…you need a trellis, so ask Mr. T to build you one. The texture of the trombocino is just like a papaya na mura. I made quite a bit of achara using it and the Pinoys I shared them with were all amazed that they will also start using tromocino. So, I have to plant 3 seedlings this summer.

    Also, MM said the base ingredient…so think all the citrus fruits he featured. if it isn’t buddha’s marmalade, then this will be my very last comment ever on this blog!

    At any rate, this is fun…wish though we could taste it!…Kung kapitbahay lang kita, MM…I will have the scones ready before you know it!

    Feb 15, 2013 | 3:50 am

  44. Sunny says:

    Seville orange and Meyer lemon marmalade.

    Feb 15, 2013 | 3:54 am

  45. Mari of NY says:

    for sure it’s a marmalade…i thought it would be kumquat, but reading through and knowing that Sister made it, it must be something she found in the market at Union Square last summer.
    J’s answer is a big possibility. But something tells me that it’s some fruit that we could not pinpoint right now….

    wracking my brains now…

    Feb 15, 2013 | 4:05 am

  46. Marketman says:

    Hahaha. Pretty darned good guys. At least 3 of you have figured it out. One definitively, two after the first one suggested it. Answers coming up later today… but I am very impressed, you definitely deserve bragging rights for figuring it out. But let me put a stop to some common guesses… it may look like kamias, but there is no way Sister has access to kamias in the middle of Manhattan… so that guess is off. :)

    Feb 15, 2013 | 7:13 am

  47. Betchay says:

    For sure it’s a marmalade….looks like ginger or cucumber slices?

    Feb 15, 2013 | 7:30 am

  48. cherryoyvr says:

    Homemade Quince jelly or chutney or marmalade from your awesome Sister!

    Feb 15, 2013 | 7:56 am

  49. cherryoyvr says:

    And I went straight to answering before looking at everyone else’s answers….

    Feb 15, 2013 | 7:57 am

  50. j-gurl says:

    kamias jam?

    Feb 15, 2013 | 8:09 am

  51. cecile says:

    j., kron, betty q., ebbablue?! :)

    Feb 15, 2013 | 9:10 am

  52. ami says:

    It’s…. delicious. :)

    Feb 15, 2013 | 10:37 am

  53. Jessica says:

    My guess is kumquat marmalade too…

    Feb 15, 2013 | 1:31 pm

  54. mini says:


    Feb 15, 2013 | 2:09 pm

  55. j. says:

    Ms. Betty Q., in response to an earlier cheeky comment: we can all breathe easier… you can continue to comment to your heart’s content and I’m quite certain, to everyone else’s delight… it is buddha’s hand!

    Feb 15, 2013 | 5:10 pm

  56. Susie says:

    I guess kumquat..used to make it when we lived in Louisiana. Looks just like it :-)

    Feb 15, 2013 | 6:11 pm

  57. Mignette says:

    Kumquat Marmalade

    Feb 15, 2013 | 8:14 pm

  58. EbbaBlue says:

    Ms. BettyQ, pahingi ng seed ng sinasabi mong plant, please.

    Feb 15, 2013 | 10:10 pm

  59. betty q. says:

    J…there are times when my brain works faster than my hand…my hands are not meant for typing rather they were meant for mixing cake batters. I meant to say that it will be the last comment ever on this thread for I am getting big fat headaches wracking my brain and that isn’t good! ….can’t take any more Advils till 3 hours later which is so weird for the temp that day wasn’t anywhere near migraine weather!

    So, I apologize to anyone I offended! But just so, I don’t get into trouble anymore, my husband just suggested that I continue to read all those blogs I enjoy reading …food, and gardening and just keep it that way…just read them before calling it a day.

    Hope you guys have a nice Easter!

    Ebba…seeds will be in the mail early next week! I must warn you that 1 plant yields enough Trombocino to make a balde of achara! You can also use it as a sub for upo. The seed cavity is in the bulb. When you pick it at the mura stage, not much seeds in it.

    happy Achara making!

    Feb 17, 2013 | 2:30 am

  60. Sister says:

    Very good guess, Buddha’s Hand citron it is. I made several versions from a whole box of Buddha’s hand citron purchased from the Berkeley organic farmers market. Some had star anise, some cloves, some ginger, etc. Great for making sauces for roast duck or pork. Also good with cheese when cooked down to a clear block like membrillo.

    Feb 18, 2013 | 1:57 am

  61. BenQ says:

    Seville orange marmalade

    Feb 20, 2013 | 2:01 am


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