Rhubarb Orange Marmalade Recipe

Originally Posted December 16, 2010

This traditional recipe comes to Sea and be Scene from the Kitchen of Elaine Holmstrom, the host of Peck Colonial House Bed & Breakfast & Tearoom in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick.

We asked Elaine a few questions and she graciously provided the answers and the yummy recipe for her Rhubarb Orange Marmalade.

SABS: How old is the Recipe?Elaine & Mother Wilna

Elaine Holmstrom: I just talked to my mother in Saskatoon, SK.  She is 91 years young!  She can't recall its origins, but remembers when she was just a young girl HER grandmother saying, I'd rather have this marmalade on my toast that anything else!

SABS: How many jars of this jam do you make?

Elaine Holmstrom: I always double this recipe and usually make it at least twice a year.

SABS: Any good stories about the jam from Peck Colonial?

Elaine Holmstrom: After being served this marmalade in the Tearoom, many people purchase some to take home with them.  I received a request for more from a family in Seattle - a dozen bottles please!!  Just bill my credit card.  Later a request from Alaska.  Rhubarb isn't for everyone, but if you do like rhubarb, this is a refreshing change, especially on my homemade multigrain bread!!

Elaine Holmstrom & Wilna Haugen

Elaine Holmstrom of Hopewell, NB got the recipe for her world famous Rhubarb Orange Marmalade from her mother Wilna Haugen

Rhubarb Orange Marmalade Recipe

4 lbs. rhubarb

4 lbs. sugar

6 oranges

Let rhubarb and sugar stand overnight.  Cook up the next day with ground oranges (the whole orange) until thick on medium heat.  It will take several hours.  Use a heavy bottomed pot as the marmalade will burn easily as it thickens.  Bottle.   Process jars for 15 mins. in a hot water bath.  Makes approx. a dozen 250 ml bottles.

To see our feature on Elaine’s bed & breakfast check out A Warm Welcome - Peck Colonial House

For more information on Peck Colonial House Bed & Breakfast & Tearoom visit their website www.PeckColonial.com


  1. We agree with Elaine's grandmother, her rhubarb orange marmalade tastes truly delicious. Margaret rates it No 1 in our house

    Comment by Jack Swinimer — May 5, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  2. Made this rhubarb and shared with friends---all raved about it!! A definite keeper!!

    Comment by Michael — June 9, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

  3. Just wondering...... when you say ground oranges, do you mean the peel as well? and do you grind your oranges with a food processor? I have yet to find a rhubarb marmalade recipe that I like. Can't wait to try this one. Thanks

    Comment by Sandy — January 3, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

  4. Hi Sandy

    I cut the the whole orange (skin and all) in quarter
    s, just removing the pip on the end (if there is one). The food processor works great, or an old fashioned meat grinder! If you like rhubarb, I think you will enjoy this. It is a hit at my [email protected] After 15 years we have now closed the Tearoom.

    It is 8 am and I am enjoying my coffe and my 12 grain homemade bread and rhubarb orange marmalade! Would love to hear how you make out!

    Comment by Elaine Holmstrom — January 4, 2013 @ 8:11 am

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