Carrot Jam with Orange and Pistachio

Carrots, love’em to bits. We go through lots of carrots, I’m sure Idgy and I must have been rabbits in a past life, at least distant relatives of Bugs Bunny and we must surely have raided Mr McGregor’s veggie patch at some time in a past history. We both nibble them raw, I make French carrot salad every week, we have them steamed, roasted, boiled, in soup, pureed, chopped and sliced.


I love making them into jam. In fact this jam is actually hitting top marks just now on the breakfast charts, it is even beating my all time favourite of apricot.


I have been making carrot jam for years, but this summer I wanted to add a bit of interest so threw in some pistachio nuts and cooked the carrots in orange juice, the results – wow, Peter Rabbit would be proud of me.

Serve this carrot orange and pistachio jam on everything from toast and scones to pancakes and toasted sandwiches with chicken or cheese.

Eat your heart out bunnies this one’s for us!

Karon x

Carrot, Orange & Pistachio Jam
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Recipe type: Preserves
  • 800g/1¾lb carrots
  • juice and zest of 2 large oranges
  • 500g/1lb 2oz jam sugar
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 50g/2oz chopped pistachio nuts
  1. Peel and roughly chop the carrots.
  2. Grate the zest off the oranges and squeeze out the juice.
  3. Cook the carrots in the orange juice with the zest until they are completely tender.
  4. After cooking zap them to a pulp, you should get about 750g/1lb 11oz of pulp.
  5. Now add the jam sugar, grated zest of lemon and the lemon juice and those chopped up pistachios.
  6. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar and raise to a boil. Bubble away until you reach your setting point (that chilled saucer in the freezer for 5 minutes teaspoon of the jam on it and back to fridge for 5 mins to see if it sets enough) and then spoon this gorgeously bright golden zingy jam into sterilised jars and store in the fridge.
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  1. Patti S. says

    This jam sounds delicious! I love the ne look of the blog. Been away for awhile and am glad to be back and catching up. Hope all is well with you and Idgy.

  2. says

    I know you said this jam was delicious…but…I had to say it, too!!! I’ve made two batches now and even that wasn’t enough to quiet me…so I hope you don’t mind but I posted about your jam on my blog – it will be up on the 18th…it’s just too good not to share with my readers! Plus, I want them all to know about your fabulous spread in Mingle!!! YAY!!! I owe you a long email – it’s coming…so much has been going on, my head is swimming! xoxoxo! Nan

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