Roger Harris points to the “pips,” or seeds, that need to be removed before he can boil the fruit and peel he uses to make marmalade. Mr. Harris has been making and selling marmalade and donating the proceeds to charity for four years. Photo: CHRYSTALL KANYUCK

It may involve hours of work with acidic liquid and a boiling mixture, but it’s also fun, say two Virgin Islands residents who have won acclaim not for mixing dangerous substances, but for making marmalade.

For William Tacon, recognition came from an international prize.

“When I used to live in England, I used to make marmalade,” Mr. Tacon said. “Then I moved here, and we have all these fantastic local citrus fruits.”

Last year, Mr. Tacon read about a marmalade championship in the Lake District in the United Kingdom, and he thought it would be fun to enter his tropical take on the English tradition.

“And it won the international category,” he said.

Roger Harris, another marmalade maker, kept up the tradition after his wife, Ann Harris, died four years ago.

Between Mr. Harris’ sales to individuals and jars he has contributed at charity auctions, over the years he has been able to donate thousands of dollars to causes such as Virgin Islands Search and Rescue, Family Support Network, and the Humane Society of the BVI.

See the March 22, 2012 edition for full coverage.


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