Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Easy Rose Petal Jam Recipe

Marigold Fairweather's favorite Rose Petal Jam Recipe

4 cups fresh, fragrant, dark red rose petals (only use home-grown, or roses you KNOW haven't been sprayed!)

3 cups sugar

2 cups water

juice of 1/2 lemon

Snip white base from each petal with scissors, keep the red part, & wash very gently in cold water

Layer petals carefully in a glass, ceramic, or enamel bowl, & sprinkle each layer with about 2 tablespoons of the sugar, cover with a clean tea towel, & leave it overnight

Next day, dissolve the remaining sugar with the water in a heavy based pan, stirring occasionally until dissolved, then bring to boil, add lemon juice, & boil 5 minutes without stirring.

Remove syrup from heat & cool to lukewarm

Gently add rose petals & their liquid, return pan to heat & boil gently 15 minutes, or until syrup is thick when tested in a cold saucer.

Ladle into warm, sterilized jars, & seal when cool

The first time I made this, many years ago, I didn't think my jam was thick enough, so added pectin, & ended up with such a firm toffee, I couldn't even get it out of the jars! I ended up heating it, spooning it out of the glass, and incorporating it into rice puddings, rhubarb crumble, and assorted cakes & biscuits.

Later, I bought a jar from an Lebanese supermarket, and found the commercial jam was runny anyway!

Home made tastes best, and is delightful on scones...


  1. I am going to have to try this!

  2. Wow I didn't know there was such a thing! I do remember that, long ago, an aunty brought rose-flavoured hard lollies home from the UK. I remember thinking they were lovely.

    1. Oh Keechy, I love rose anything! I have Wagga Wagga rose honey in my pantry just now - it's divine...

  3. Ooh, sounds nice! I'll have to try and order some, as I don't know where I could get trustworthy roses.
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    1. Ordinary scented red garden roses are fine, but NOT if they've been sprayed, of course!