Queen Maeve's Marmalade

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A rich and delicious brown onion marmalade that deserves a place on any self respecting cheeseboard.

Queen Maeve was the richest woman in all of Ireland, and if it wasn't for her husband Ailill she would have been the richest person, but unfortunately he was deemed wealthier as he owned a great big bull named Finnbennach and she had no such bull. To rectify matters and to put her husband in his proper place Maeve decided to "acquire" Donn Cuailnge, the famous brown bull of Cooley. Cooley at that time was part of the province of Ulster (today it is in Leinster), but neither the king of Ulster nor his army were going to let Maeve bring the bull back to her province of Connacht without a very big fight. Ultimately Maeve wins her bull, but unfortunately the story doesn't end well. The Tain Bó Cualigne is one of the great epics of Irish storytelling and its ultimate moral is the futility of war and the worthlessness of material wealth.

So what's that got to do with marmalade? Nothing really, but we do think that as a major cattle baron Maeve surely would have had some really good cheese for her 300km journey from Roscommon to Louth. She also would have had plentiful access to onions, apples, and redcurrants. It is likely that she would have used these ingredients to create a preserve to serve with cheese and meat.

The balsamic cider vinegar in this marmalade is sourced from David Llewellyn's award winning orchard in North County Dublin. The rapeseed oil is from Newgrange Gold in County Meath. The onions and redcurrants are Irish when the season and availability allows. All our fresh veg is sourced from Country Fresh in Dundalk.


Brown Onions, Stameen Farm Cider Vinegar, Demerara Sugar, Redcurrants, Newgrange Gold Rapeseed Oil, David Llewellyn's Balsamic Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt, Pepper


Store in a cool dark place, once opened refrigerate and eat within a few days.

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