Wexford People - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

VIC­TORY is sweet for Wex­ford town man John Mo­ran who likes noth­ing more than get­ting stuck into his work.

And, as he proved dur­ing a re­cent trip to north Wex­ford, when it comes to jam-mak­ing, he’s the pick of the county crop.

John, from John’s Road, and his jams made the trip north to see if he could claim a ti­tle for the fourth year-in-a-row for the Best Man-Made Jam, a com­pe­ti­tion that forms part of the Gorey House Mar­ket Fes­ti­val.

To his sur­prise John won three prizes - a first for the Best Man-Made Jam, Best Over­all Pot and Best Ex­otic jam.

John said: ‘I don’t en­ter any other com­pe­ti­tions other than this, maybe I should start. Be­fore jams I was mak­ing my own chut­neys, so that is where the in­ter­est came from.’

This year John cre­ated two dif­fer­ent pots – spiced apri­cot with bour­bon and blackberry with basil and roasted gar­lic. Pre­vi­ous years he made straw­berry with mint and black pep­per, and goose­berry with net­tle and poitín.

John said: ‘The first and sec­ond year I won Best Man Made and last year I won, again, Best Man Made and came sec­ond for Best Ex­otic.’

The ideas for his flavours comes from ex­ten­sive re­search through cook­ery books. John doesn’t sell his prod­ucts and only makes a few pots when it comes to the com­pe­ti­tion.

John Mo­ran with his spiced apri­cot and bour­bon pre­serve.

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