Each year, in the run up to Christmas, we buy in a wonderfully huge and heavy solid block of glorious Lübecker marzipan. Which means that you can buy just the amount that you need. This quality sweetmeat is good value at £1.25 per 100g.
Lübecker marzipan is made in the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the bordering localities in northern Germany. Lübecker marzipan has PGI status (Protected geographical indication).
Lübecker marzipan is made from raw almonds, which are washed, skinned and mixed with sugar and spices. The use of freshly shelled sweet almonds with a particularly aromatic flavor is essential.
Records show that marzipan was enjoyed in Germany as far back as the 13th century. The city of Lübeck became a center for quality marzipan production in the 19th century.
Some of my marzipan will be folded into a Stollen. Let us know how you use yours.
Madeleine at Alston Wholefoods
Based on an article on EatGlobe.com