Rhubarb, Orange and Vanilla Jam

, from Issue #17. September, 2015
Photography by Damien Van Der Vlist.
Rhubarb, Orange and Vanilla Jam

This pretty, rose pink jam flecked with vanilla seeds is delicious on morning toast. It can also be served with thick Greek yoghurt and a crisp biscuit for a quick dessert.


1 kilogram rhubarb stalks
2 apples
1 orange
1 lemon, fine zest and juice
1 vanilla bean, halved and seeds scraped out
½ cup water
3 cups sugar


If the stalks of the rhubarb are large, lightly peel to remove the strings before cutting into 3 cm pieces. Peel, core and dice the apples. Zest the orange. Remove all the bitter white pith with a knife and cut the orange flesh into small pieces.

Put the rhubarb, apples, orange zest and flesh, lemon zest and juice, vanilla pod and seeds, water and the sugar in a saucepan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Test for setting point then pour into warm sterilized jars and seal. Makes about 4 cups

Pantry Note: Rhubarb leaves are poisonous, containing significant quantities of oxalic acid, and must never be eaten.