The 2019 Japanese Dalemain Marmalade Awards was a phenomenal success, with more than 1500 entries across the whole of Japan. Yet despite the number of jars, there could be only one winner – and what a winner it was! Yasuyo Imamura’s ‘Yuzu with Sancho Black Pepper Marmalade’ was a revelation, combining the classic sharpness of the Japanese yuzu with the spicy kick of the pepper to create preserve perfection.

Yasuyo may have been the first ever winner of the Japanese Marmalade Awards, but it was far from her first foray into the world of competitive marmalade making. In both 2019 and 2020 she was also selected as the winner of the International Marmalade competition at Dalemain’s own World Marmalade Awards – a huge achievement considering the fact that over 3000 entries were received into the Awards, from over 40 countries! Yasuyo’s marmalade truly is in a league of its own, with its freshness, lightness of set and depth of flavour.  

Judging at the Japanese Marmalade Awards

Yasuyo Imamura’s win not only gave her the title of first ever winner of the Japanese Marmalade Awards, but also saw her marmalade co-branded with Dalemain Mansion and Fortnum & Mason. It was commercially produced in Japan and is currently sold in both Japan and the UK!

Yasuyo receiving her award from the Mayor of Yawatahama and Awards founder
Jane Hasell-McCoch

The production of Yasuyo’s winning product gives marmalade lovers a fantastic opportunity to try something quite unique – a proper, delicious, Japanese marmalade. With authentic ingredients and culinary flair, this is a delicious, sharp, peppery preserve that is wonderfully versatile. Try it on toast, on top of ice cream or a cake, with cheese or even glazed on marmalade sausages, to give that citrus kick.

Yasuyo had hoped to return in 2020 to defend her title, but sadly the coronavirus pandemic has meant that the Japanese Marmalade Awards have been cancelled for 2020, with no judging able to take place. With no 2020 marmalade on the horizon, organisers are encouraging people to make the most of the 2019 winning marmalade, which is a very limited edition. Produced by artisans in Japan and shipped to England, when it’s gone, it’s gone, and marmalade connoisseurs will have to wait until 2021 to try the very best that Japan has to offer!

Yasuyo’s winning marmalade

A portion of the sales from each jar will go towards local funds in Yawatahama, home of the Japanese Awards, for communities ravaged by the storms of 2018. Organisers hope that sales of this marmlade will help to promote the quality and joy of Japanese marmalade, and to whet appetites ready for the return of the competition in 2021. Yasuyo’s marmalade can be purchased directly from the Dalemain online shop. Simply Click Here!

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