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 adore this recipe! I’ve got many roses in my garden so I’ll have the opportunity to make this for years to come.

  2. This is the best rose petal jam recipe I have ever tried. It is a beautiful consistency and the taste is sweet, rose and a tiny bit tart. Perfect on toast. I have made four batches over the last year and a half with my always blooming floribunda tea roses. Highly recommend

  3. Good morning,
    I only have the low sugar pectin made by ball. I’m assuming this will work just fine but notice that a lot of chefs and homesteaders use the Pomonas. I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on using the Ball pectin and if you have any thoughts on using one over another variety of pectin.
    Thanks!

  4. Hello! I’ve looked for fresh edible roses everywhere!!! would using dried edible rose petals work the same??

  5. Sounds very easy to make and am planning on making some for a valentine’s present only I don’t know where to find wild roses around here so will be using home grown ones

    1. Hi Kimberly thanks for asking- As long as you link back to the recipe itself- feel free to grab the photo. 🙂

  6. This jam is a delight in every way…a joy to make from my own roses and delicious as well….thank you

  7. “I love this recipe!..
    This deliciousness has blessed my feed. Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors—it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” best suits on this recipe..❣️

  8. Thank you for sharing this savory recipe! I am preparing to make this as gifts to my loved ones for the holiday. Ordered wild roses on Etsy from a harvester with great reviews. My question: The recipe says yields 3 jars, what size jar?
    Thank you very much!

    1. Amazing 😍 thank you so much for posting this. Using roses from my home, small and large size petals. I have found the pink, salmon roses for me are the best flavor…love the tart and tanginess if the lemon, such a wonderful flavor and put a little lemon zest in while I was at it. Making a bunch as Christmas gifts. My mom brought over a ton of petals from her garden as well. Since I found it when my were almost done blooming. Thank you…I use ball (brand) pectin and just use more of it than your recipe, I did three times your recipe with three tbls pectin, I also add two extra cups of petals and one half to one cup chopped strawberry to add a little extra sweetness…yum so glad I found this recipe.

  9. Thank you for sharing this. My question is this do they have to be wild rose petals? Everyone I’ve talked with thinks I’m crazy and apparently I’m nuts when i say wild roses. 🤣

    I’m so excited to make this for my daughter.

    Tracey

    1. Wild roses tend to be thinner and breakdown more quickly. But you may check through the comments here, many people have used cultivated rose petals! Just make sure they are not sprayed.

      1. My grandmother made rose jam from the roses in the garden. ( many many many years ago, when I was a little e kid). They were not treated with anything, and they were not wild roses. It was absolutely great in every way. Smelled and tasted heavenly. Unfortunately, we no longer have that.

  10. My first taste of rose petal jam was at my Aunt’s house when I was 6 years old. My family is Greek and my aunt’s recipe is identical to this one. I was captivated by the flavor just like you were.

    There are only three things I would emphasize. First, there are different “families” of rose scents. Some are more like perfume (damask). But the only ones that are suited for making jam (in my opinion) are the clove scented roses.

    Many of the rugosa type roses have a strong clove scent (and doubled flowers, so your petal gathering effort is cut in half!). My Aunt’s rose bush was a rugosa called “Hansa” but there are many rugosas out there, and some have even naturalized along sandy beaches in coastal areas. I was honored to get a cutting of my Aunt’s bush when I got a house of my own, and I’ve been making jam ever since.

    Another detail I would add is one that helps me know when it’s done simmering. The petals will eventually take on a translucent look. You can almost see through them. You’ll notice the change. It’s kind of hard to describe, but you’ll understand when you see it. When I see that change, I know it’s very close to being done.

    And lastly, I’ve had seasons where my rose bush just hasn’t done well and I don’t get many flowers. Not to worry! I’ve had good success freezing small batches of petals for a few weeks until I have enough to make the jam. It seems to lose a bit of flavor, but it’s better than nothing!

    Thanks for the great article!

    1. This is great Mike. Thanks so much for the helpful thoughts. This is the first year I have tried freezing rose petals, I am glad to know it works!

  11. Thank you for sharing this! I love Fin’s photos, they’re precious! Im sure going to try this. Love lots,
    Vangie

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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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