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Homemade Naartjie Mandarin Jam

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You should try this easy Homemade Naartjie Mandarin Jam Recipe. Save this as it that will come in very handy when mandarins are in abundance.

Citrus unshiu is a semi-seedless and easy-peeling citrus species, also known as miyagawa mandarin, unshu mikan, cold hardy mandarin, satsuma mandarin, satsuma orange, naartjie, and tangerine. Citrus unshiu was named after Unshu, a famous production area of mandarin oranges in China, in the late Edo period of Japan

Homemade Naartjie Mandarin Jam
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an image of three glass jars with lids filled with Homemade Naartjie Mandarin Jam as well as a madarin and some mandarin peels in front of the bottles

Homemade Naartjie Mandarin Jam

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Resting Time: 720 minutes
  • Cook Time: 180 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 bottles 1x
  • Method: Moderate


Naartjie Mandarin Jam has a unique, brilliantly fresh flavor that works exceptionally well with all kinds of toast, croissants, scones, and biscuits.


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  • 600 g peel, finely sliced
  • 200ml juice and pulp of the fruit
  • 300 g sugar
  • Star anise, 4
  • Clove 4
  • Pinch salt


  1. Allow fruit, peel, and sugar to stand overnight.
  2. Place the pot on the stove on the lowest setting and allow the sugar to liquefy.
  3. Stir well and turn up the heat to a medium setting.
  4. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer until about half the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Turn off the heat and decant into sterilized jars.
  6. I like to add a cap full of brandy to the surface of the jam before sealing. This acts as a disinfectant and preservative.
  7. Allow cooling and label.
  8. Enjoy with toast and cottage cheese.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Dee from The Recipe Hunter: Tried  and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 


  • Serving Size: 2 teaspoons
  • Calories: 34
  • Sugar: 7.3 g
  • Sodium: 53.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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an image of three glass jars with lids filled with Homemade Naartjie Mandarin Jam as well as a madarin and some mandarin peels in front of the bottles
Homemade Naartjie Mandarin Jam

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8 thoughts on “Homemade Naartjie Mandarin Jam”

  1. I don’t think I have the patience but I’ve always wanted to make jam. This sounds delicious, I’m not sure if it would taste like jam or marmalade though?

    • Hi Anne. I truly hope you give this a try. If you do not try you will never know. I have made tons of jam years ago but now that we’re only two in the house do not make any as its a waste or us. The kids loved it when I made jam. Do try and let me know what you think. ENJOY


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