Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice cream or cake. 

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. ~ Khalil Gibran

There is nothing that heals the soul quite like the sea air, time spent with friends and Rose Petal Jam. Last week we spent a few glorious days on beautiful San Juan Island with dear friends Tonia Schemmel, her husband Mike and their two kids Zalee and Fin.

tonia schemmel | san jaun island

Some of you know Tonia from when we had our vegetarian restaurant together, in Spokane called Mizuna. While we were visiting the island, Tonia showed me how to make her Rose Petal Jam, made from wild rose petals she collects right here on the island.
Wild roses

Let me just start by saying, this is no ordinary jam. In the past,  Tonia has given me little precious jars of this -which I savor bit by bit and stretch out as long as possible, because to me, each spoonful feels as if it is infused in love.

It casts a magical spell over me, filling me with love for the world around me. I kid you not, there are days that have been completely transformed, because of the miraculous effects of this jam.

If you know someone who could use a little extra love, this rose petal jam would make the perfect gift. Truly.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes
Looking closely at the wild rose petals, you will notice something quite incredible.
Is this coincidence?
Each petal, surprisingly, is shaped like a heart!
Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

Their intoxicating scent melts away all tension.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes
Collect petals from wild roses -or roses you know to be untreated with pesticides.
Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes
Sift and sort through the rose petals carefully, for creatures may make their homes there.

Once sorted, then they are ready to bring into the kitchen.

herbalist kitchen

I always love being in Tonia‘s kitchen – filled to the brim with all kinds of herbs, healing tonics and tinctures.  Whereever she is, she seems to find the beautiful essence of what surrounds her, and creates from this place.

You can’t help but get the feeling she is deeply connected with the earth and its cycles, her creative healing energy flowing outward and freely.

She began foraging, long before it was trendy, making all sorts of tonics and elixirs. A true herbalist’s kitchen.

tinctures
herbalists kitchen

Living on San Juan Island gives her access to the fragrant wild roses that bloom all over the island in May and June, and the making of wild rose petal jam has become her yearly ritual. And I can’t help but feel a little bit of her heart in every batch.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

The recipe is surprisingly simple, and highlights the lovely rose flavor.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

For this recipe, you’ll need to collect about two cups of rose petals, just lightly packed. Tonia describes this as pressing down on the petals just enough to make a perfectly comfortable “fairy bed”. If I were a fairy, I would be very happy sleeping here.

Or, for more accuracy, weigh out two ounces of fresh petals.
You can also use dry petals ( see recipe)  but fresh are preferable.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

In a medium pot, bring the petals and water to a simmer for 10 minutes.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes
The rose petals will fade a bit, but this is just temporary. The magic will indeed come…
Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

Add sugar.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

And fresh squeezed lemon juice….and watch the lovely transformation happen!

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes
The faded roses, burst with color, once the lemon juice is stirred in. Magic!
Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

Mix a little pectin with sugar and add to the simmering petals, to thicken.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

Simmer 20 more minutes.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes
Place the jam in jars and refrigerate –or use heated sterilized jars, canning for longer shelf life. At this point the jam will seem loose, but it will thicken once cooled.
And once the rose petal jam has cooled, enjoy!
Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

Spread the rose petal jam on toasted bread – for a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. Swirl it into yogurt for breakfast, or top it over oatmeal. Spoon it over pancakes, waffles or crepes.  Serve it with fresh warm scones, or over a slice of lemon cake. You’ll find a million uses for Rose Petal Jam, and trust me, you’ll want to try it on everything.

 

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

Or spoon it right out of the jar, like Fin!

For a simple refreshing summery dessert, top good quality vanilla bean ice cream with a few dollops.
Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes
Perhaps my favorite way to enjoy Rose Petal Jam is served over vanilla ice-cream.
So simple…allowing the flavors to really shine.

Sprinkle with fresh rose petals and add fresh berries if you like.

Homemade Rose Petal Jam- a simple delicious recipe made with wild rose petals, perfect on toast, scones or crepes, or spooned over ice-cream or cake. #rosepetaljam #rose #rosejam #roserecipes

Hope you enjoy this lovely recipe and its magical effects.

xoxoxo

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Rose Petal Jam Recipe

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home Blog
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 3 jars 1x
  • Category: preserved
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: northwest
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Wild Rose Petal Jam made from wild rose petals  This homemade Rose Petal Jam is perfect on toast, scones, pastries or crepes or spooned over ice cream or cake. Makes a lovely gift.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ½ cups of filtered water
  • 2  ounces wild rose petals (approx. 2 cups lightly packed or to what would be a perfectly comfy fairy bed) (preferably collected 50 feet from roads and in a pesticide-free area) or 2/3 cup dried
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Pomonas fruit pectin

Instructions

  1. Place water and roses in a saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered.
  2. Add 1 ¾ c of sugar into the simmering petals. Stir to dissolve the sugar crystals.
  3. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice. Pay attention to the gorgeous vibrant color that emerges.
  4. Simmer 10 minutes over low heat.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ¼ cup sugar and pectin.
  6. While stirring the jam add the pectin/sugar mixture, sprinkle by sprinkle to ensure pectin incorporates without clumping.
  7. Simmer gently for 20 more minutes. It may seem quite loose for jam, but it will firm up as it sets but does remain more of a silky syrup with luscious bits of petals.
  8. This keeps for 2 months in the fridge, also freezes beautifully and canning is always a brilliant option.

Notes

  1. You do not need to add calcium water to this recipe.
  2. You can use food-grade, dried rose petals,  (readily available in natural food stores, in the bulk herb section) 1/3 cup dried rose petals = 1 cup fresh rose petals, readily available in natural food stores, in the bulk herb/tea/ spice section.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 135

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  1. I use unsprayed old-fashioned rose petals from my garden. Great as gifts and for afternoon tea with pikelets or scones.

    1. Yes, but I do think you would need a little more sugar -as Pomona’s is for low sugar. I believe Ball Pectin does offer a low-sugar variety. Havent tried it Ball Pectin but I think it can be done!

    1. It should be fine Julie. Just an FYI, I like the texture of smaller thinner rose petals here… the larger ones get kind of chewy. 😉

  2. Must need a fresh lemon, not bottled and white sugar because mine turned out brown sadly.

    Next batch I’ll get a fresh lemon & use white sugar. I’ll also up the amount of petals for a more concentrated flavour.

  3. The jam turned out very fragrant, but I can’t get the bitterness out. Does that depend on what kind of roses are used?

    1. Possibly yes. What kind did you use? Wild roses have the best flavor here.

    2. My Aunt used to pinch off the white bottoms of each petal. She said she did it to keep the jam fom being bitter. I’ve always used the whole petal and I didn’t notice any bitterness. I’m guessing it has to do with the particular rose variety.

      1. This is my understanding too. The white bit can be bitter. I don’t find that on the wild roses (Nootka variety) that I harvest- I use the whole petal.

  4. This recipe looks good and i wish i could try it. But after slogging past 25 printer pages worth of pictures and others stuff that is not the recipe? I had to stop and scroll to the bottom to say this. OMG this is the worse case of self indulgent too much nonsense over the recipe posting i have ever seen in my many long years using the internet. Maybe 10% of the people who would enjoy this will make it all the way to page 33 it turned out. This is like an entire pinterest for a single paragraph long recipe.

    1. Hi Biff did you print the whole post, or the recipe card at the bottom? Recipe card is located at the bottom is short and condensed.

    2. Oh that’s a shame Biff. The recipe is really good. have made it several times now but I always just press “jump to recipe” which is marked quite boldly right at the start of the page.

  5. i have used this recipe for 3 years now – everyone loves it – i do use more pectin for a thicker texture and i can mine in a water bath.

      1. Yes it is still in the refrigerator and never ended up thickening so it’s really not jam.🤷‍♀️According to the pectin instructions for fruit it needed way more than 1 teaspoon, more like 2 tablespoons? I think I may just try freezing it as icecubes to sweeten tea

  6. Would adding more pectin make this congeal more? I followed the steps but it is pretty much syrup

    1. Mine turned out a bit more syruppy than jammy. I think more pectin would help.

  7. I’m in the middle of making this with backyard roses. Am I supposed to stir constantly while it’s simmering? Also is simmering like medium heat?

  8. I’ve made this a few times over the past few months. Each time I am equally delighted at the process. Needless to say, it’s a family favourite and makes for a wonderful personal gift. Thank you Sylvia

  9. I used granulated white sugar and 2 cups is much too sweet. If I decrease the sugar content, will it affect the amount of pectin I use?

    1. I’m so sorry Marilyn- I’m not exactly sure how this would affect the recipe and pectin amount. If you do try, will you let us know?

  10. Hi Sylvia,

    I have just made this and the rose petals are quite bitter. I am keen to make it again, any tips on how to get rid of the bitterness?- I should advise that I have not yet let it set so maybe the bitterness will be gone once set?
    thanks x

  11. Hi and thanks for reminding me of my amazing home:)
    This wild rose calld Rosa damascena after Damascus, Syria.
    The French Crusader Robert de Brie, who took part in the Siege of Damascus in 1148 at the second crusade, is sometimes credited for bringing the Damask rose from Syria to Europe. The name of the rose refers to the city of Damascus in Syria, known for its steel (Damask steel), fabrics (Damask) and roses.
    The most city famous with this kind of flowers is Damascus, the capital of Syria, because it is the origin of it, and it takes it name from it. Also Hama, Allepo, Homs, and other Syrian cities and villages. Rosa × damascena is optimally cultivated in hedge rows to help protect the blooms from wind damage and to facilitate harvesting them. Gathering the flowers is intense manual labor. There are about 20–40 days per year when harvesting occurs, depending on the cultivar grown. The roses are gathered by hand and brought to a central location for steam distillation.

    1. I love this. I never put the two together before, so thanks for connecting this for me. I’ve actually been to Damaskus, when I was a young girl, and will never forget the winding maze of the old markets. Anyways appreciate this Lana.

  12. This is a traditional indian jam called gulkand, would be nice if you mentioned the original source of this recipe.

    1. Interesting! I’ve never heard of this. My friend made up the recipe, living on the island with the roses. But I will be sure to look this up. Can you tell me more about how your serve it? Or what you serve it with?

  13. Hi there! Last night I made a homeade wild rose water by “distilling” rose petals in a pot. (I recommend looking up the recipe if you love rose water!) It takes about 30 mins of simmering the roses, then the vapor or condensation is caught in a separate bowl. Soni ended up with a very concentrated rose petals infusion. I could not get myself to throw it and the rose petals out because it was so fragrant, so I looked up a recipe and found yours and it is perfect!

  14. I made this while quarantining from home and it was a very nice and positive activity. The jam was delicious and brought back memories of rose water perfume I made as a child and rose flavored Macarons I had in Paris.

  15. I was wondering if o could use this same method and recipe but swap the rose petals for fireweed flower?

    1. I’m not sure and unfamiliar with it- if it is edible it should be ok? Does it have a good fragrance?

      1. Yes it has a great smell to it. People generally make it into a jelly, but the flowers are so pretty….

  16. I was thinking of trying this recipe, but all I have for sugar is coconut sugar, it is the same size and texture as cane sugar? Do you think it would make a difference in the jelling part?
    Looks super delish!

    1. Great Question, and I’m not sure. It might make the jam darker? I havent tried it…so just guessing here.

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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