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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spiced Spanspek Cantaloupe Preserve

South African Simply Spiced Spanspek

Spanspek is the Afrikaans name for Muskmelons, often called cantaloupe in the United States. Cantaloupes were first cultivated in Persia and northern Africa nearly 4,000 years ago. Wild populations of cantaloupes appear in the desert and Savannah regions of Africa. Within southern Africa, cantaloupe grows in the South African provinces of Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Cantaloupe varieties that are grown frequently in South Africa are Imperial 45, Honeydew, Hale’s Best Cantaloupe, and Edisto Cantaloupe. 

Spiced Spanspek Cantaloupe Preserve

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Spanspek is the Afrikaans name for cantaloupe. Spiced spanspek is sweet African dessert preserve recipe you will fall in love with at very first bite. 

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3 cups seedless, peeled, cubed cantaloupe
2 cups water
3 cups sugar
½ cup white vinegar
2 sticks cinnamon
2 whole cloves
1 teaspoon allspice

In a large pot of water add all ingredients  and simmer slowly until fruit is transparent about 45 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks, place in hot sterilized jars and seal.

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