Got a lot of plums? And roses? And a little time? Make a batch of Plums and Roses Jam and you can savor the flavor of summer, all winter long.
We were gifted a box of plums, nectarines, pears and grapes after the 3 Baron’s Renaissance Fair was over. They were leftover from the historical village my husband participates in and he jumped at the chance to bring home food, if not for US at least for our pigs. I couldn’t see giving the pigs fresh summer fruit if there was a way I could use it for us. First and foremost it became the go-to snack, but we’d also just recently purchased a case of peaches and nectarines, basically our fruit reserves runneth over. The box barely fit in the fridge and I had a huge bowl of fruit on the table too. I was encouraging little people to eat. fruit! at every turn and I feared I would turn them off of fresh fruit(possible?) if I kept pushing, so I backed off and made jam.
I perused Blue Chair Jam Cookbook for a good recipe but I just didn’t find one I liked, I wanted to use some of our fragrant Rugosa Roses, the Sitka Rose, in the jam too. So I headed to the Internet, found plentiful recipes and finally settled on a variation of this easy recipe by Jules Food, mostly because I didn’t need to buy anything special, I could make it right away and it used 3 pounds of plums which was about what I needed to move out of the fridge and fruit bowl.
The rose petals gently lend a floral note of a soft summer evening to the crisp freshness of just barely ripe plums in this easy little recipe. Maybe back off the lemon a little bit, I don’t know that it needed the juice of a WHOLE lemon, it’s pretty tart but we like tart. And because our roses are so SO fragrant I skipped the rose extract. Plums and Roses Jam, a new one for the pantry, can’t wait to savor it all winter, reminiscing over abundant fruit.