Jam vs. Marmalade

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Main Difference

The main difference between Jam and Marmalade is that the Jam is a preparations of fruits, vegetables and sugar, often canned or sealed for long-term storage and Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water.

  • Jam

    Fruit preserves are preparations of fruits, vegetables and sugar, often stored in glass jam jars.

    Many varieties of fruit preserves are made globally, including sweet fruit preserves, such as those made from strawberry or apricot, and savory preserves, such as those made from tomatoes or squash. The ingredients used and how they are prepared determine the type of preserves; jams, jellies, and marmalades are all examples of different styles of fruit preserves that vary based upon the fruit used. In English, the word, in plural form, “preserves” is used to describe all types of jams and jellies.

  • Marmalade

    Marmalade generally refers to a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water. It can be produced from kumquats, lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, sweet oranges, bergamots, and other citrus fruits, or any combination of them.

    For many decades now, the preferred citrus fruit for marmalade production in the British Isles has been the Spanish Seville orange, Citrus aurantium var. aurantium, prized for its high pectin content, which sets readily to the thick consistency expected of marmalade. The peel imparts a bitter taste.

    The term “marmalade” is not precise, universal nor definitive, but unless otherwise stated, marmalade is generally distinguished from jam by its fruit peel. However, it also may be distinguished from jam by the choice of fruit. Historically, the term was more often used in senses other than just citrus conserves.

  • Jam (noun)

    A sweet mixture of fruit boiled with sugar and allowed to congeal. Often spread on bread or toast or used in jam tarts.

  • Jam (noun)

    A difficult situation.

  • Jam (noun)

    Blockage, congestion.

    “A traffic jam caused us to miss the game’s first period.”

    “a jam of logs in a river”

  • Jam (noun)

    An informal, impromptu performance or rehearsal.

  • Jam (noun)

    A song; a track.

  • Jam (noun)

    An informal event where people brainstorm and collaborate on projects.

    “We came up with some new ideas at the game jam.”

  • Jam (noun)

    A difficult situation for a pitcher or defending team.

    “He’s in a jam now, having walked the bases loaded with the cleanup hitter coming to bat.”

  • Jam (noun)

    A forceful dunk.

  • Jam (noun)

    A play during which points can be scored.

    “Toughie scored four points in that jam.”

  • Jam (noun)

    Any of several maneuvers requiring wedging of an extremity into a tight space.

    “I used a whole series of fist and foot jams in that crack.”

  • Jam (noun)


    “He’s got more jam than Waitrose.”

  • Jam (noun)

    sexual relations or the contemplation of them.

  • Jam (noun)

    A kind of frock for children.

  • Jam (verb)

    To get something stuck in a confined space.

    “My foot got jammed in a gap between the rocks.”

    “Her poor little baby toe got jammed in the door.”

    “I jammed the top knuckle of my ring finger.”

  • Jam (verb)

    To brusquely force something into a space; cram, squeeze.

    “They temporarily stopped the gas tank leak by jamming a piece of taffy into the hole.”

    “The rush-hour train was jammed with commuters.”

  • Jam (verb)

    To cause congestion or blockage. Often used with “up”

    “A single accident can jam the roads for hours.”

  • Jam (verb)

    To block or confuse a broadcast signal.

  • Jam (verb)

    To throw a batter’s hands.

    “Jones was jammed by the pitch.”

  • Jam (verb)

    To play music (especially improvisation as a group, or an informal unrehearsed session).

  • Jam (verb)

    To injure a finger or toe by sudden compression of the digit’s tip.

    “When he tripped on the step he jammed his toe.”

  • Jam (verb)

    To attempt to score points.

    “Toughie jammed four times in the second period.”

  • Jam (verb)

    To bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback.

  • Jam (verb)

    To give up on a date or some joint endeavour; stand up, chicken out, jam out.

  • Marmalade (noun)

    Citrus fruit variant of Seville oranges, and usually qualified by the name of the fruit when made with other types of fruit. from late 15c.

    “lime marmalade”

    “thick cut marmalade”

  • Marmalade (verb)

    To spread marmalade on.


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