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Dundee Marmalade

Dundee Marmalade

Mackays are the only remaining producers of ‘The Dundee Orange Marmalade’ in the Dundee area – the home of Marmalade. We are proud of this heritage and our continued use of authentic methods. Our marmalades are made the traditional way, in copper pans, using whole oranges from Seville, Spain.

Continuing a tradition

The story of Dundee Marmalade begins back in the 18th century when a Spanish ship took refuge from a storm, in the harbour at Dundee. On board was a consignment of Seville Oranges - which a local grocer decided to purchase.

On taking them home to his wife, the couple discovered the oranges were too bitter to eat. The grocer’s wife saw the potential in the oranges and boiled them up with sugar, to create the delicious preserve now known as Dundee Orange Marmalade.

Although the recipe has changed a little since then, we respect our heritage and are the last remaining producer of this iconic product in the Dundee area. We’re proud to continue to make our marmalade in traditional copper pans today and to see the end results enjoyed around the globe.