We made the jam Kawachi-bankan. This is a Japanese grapefruit, it’s very big size, so I cannot hold it in one hand.

Taste is very good ? but quite different from the standard grapefruit, much more mellow. They are pesticide-free, so we can eat everything, even the skin ?

Small recipe ? Kawachi-bankan ? jam

Ingredients (for 2 big jars)

  • Kawachi-bankan (Peels and fruits) … 600g
  • Cane sugar … 200g
  • White wine … 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice … 1 tablespoons
  • Pectin … 2 teaspoons (if you need it)


  1. Put in the peels in hot water for about 15 minutes. Then pick them out and place them in cold water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Put the peels and fruits in a pot with sugar and cover with water, then cook over low heat.
  3. Once heated, add the white wine, pectin and lemon juice.
  4. Stir constantly and when it gets to your preferred jam consistency, it’s time to ladle into a clean jar very carefully.
  5. Cover and let cool completely at the room temperature.

If you like the spicy taste, you can add ginger too. Add a spoonful in a glass of carbonated water to make your original ginger ale.

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