Pectin - Easily create the jam or jelly you love
Easily create the jam or jelly you love.
If you want to whip up a batch of jam or jelly with the fruits from your garden or the local farmers' market, you might need to add fruit pectin.
Pectin is a naturally occurring heteropolysaccharide found in the cell walls of plants. Apples and citrus peels contain high amounts of pectin; other fruits contain less.
Commercial pectin is made by extracting pectin from apples or citrus peels (by-products of juice production) with a hot dilute acid. The resulting extract is precipitated, washed and dried.
Pectin was first described by Henri Braconnot in 1825. Before his discovery, jams and jellies were set by including some apple peel or citrus peel in the jam or boiling the fruit and sugar mixture for extended periods of time.