Monday, January 24, 2011

How To Make Morula Jam (and by accident morula sweets)

We have two morula trees in our back yard, a male one and the female one above, just next to my office. As I sit here writing every once in a while I'll get a big fright when one of the morula fruit fall on the roof with a much bigger sound than its size would predict. The tree is prolific and for years I've been wondering what to do with all of the fruit. I searched for a recipe for morula jam but never found one. This year I decided to try my luck and I was so pleased with the result. I thought I'd record my results here for other people.

1. Collect the morula fruit from the ground.

2. Wash them a few times.

3. Put them in a pot with water and boil. Boil them for a long time. I boiled mine for about two hours. Until the skins break open.

4. Let them cool down. Then mash them up with a potato masher.

5. Now strain the mixture. You want the liquid not the seeds and skins. If the mixture is too thick you can add water. It makes no difference how much water you add.

6. Add water to the mixture. For the amount I used I added 4 cups of golden brown sugar. The best way to know if the sugar is enough is to taste it. You can also experiment and add cinnamon and ginger which is very nice, even some lemon juice.

7. Boil the liquid again. By trial and error I discovered if you boil the mixture until it is jam consistency, when it cools you will have made morula sweets, which is a problem if you have now poured it into a jar. (for morula sweets pour it out on a cookie tray and when hard cut into cubes, can be rolled in sugar). To get jam, stop boiling when it is apple sauce consistency. I have to admit though that this part is the tricky part. But it is reversible. If you cook too long, pour in the jar and then it cools and you find it has become solid like sweets you can heat the jar and pour the whole lot back in a pot. Add water and heat again.

8. When cool pour into sterilised (boiled) jars and VOILA!!! It tastes a bit like apricot jam but wilder and with more flavour. And who doesn't want to be wilder???

11 comments:

Jude Dibia said...

Off to plant my murula tree!

N. R. Williams said...

I've never tasted this fruit or even heard of it before. I love apricots so I will no doubt love this.

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Helen Ginger said...

It sounds delicious. (And like a lot of work.) But it does make me want some.

Val said...

yummm well done! adding ginger - what a clever idea!

Lauri said...

Helen it really isn't a lot of work at all. It's very easy. It is a bit frustrating when it comes out too hards or too thin, but at least it is fixable.

NR Williams- don't you have the liquor Amarula where you live? It comes from morula.

Lauri said...

Helen it really isn't a lot of work at all. It's very easy. It is a bit frustrating when it comes out too hards or too thin, but at least it is fixable.

NR Williams- don't you have the liquor Amarula where you live? It comes from morula.

Val the cinnamon is also nice.

Selma said...

That sounds really good. I love homemade jam. I used to have apricot trees and the jam was gorgeous. It is well worth the effort. YUM!

HereBeDragons said...

Hmm. I've never heard of Morula, but it looks interesting!

Anonymous said...

thanx Lauri. i like xperimenting with everythin n i knw i'l love this.

Anonymous said...

if it looks good it tastes gud

Lauri said...

Already this year my tree is loaded with morula. Another thing I made last year was a drink. Basically you heat the morulas as I showed and strain then added the sugar. Then pour it in a bottle. Then as you want it you mix with either water or soda water to taste. My husband and son love it.