The other day I brought weeds to the table in the form of Dandelion Jelly and now today I’m bringing wildflowers, Wild Rose Jelly. We have lovely wild prickly roses on our property, so thick I sometimes feel like they are a weed themselves, but we love them for the 10 days or so that they bloom. The smell great, look gorgeous and the bees love them.

I took my boys on a walk and we easily collected the two cups of petals we needed for the jelly in under 25 minutes. I made sure we didn’t strip any bushes bare and that we picked the petals only from fully opened flowers. The only tedious part of the whole operation was snipping off the small white base at the bottom of each petal, which I did alone while they filled the dirt pile full of water yet again. I soaked them for 6 hours in hot water, strained them and made Wild Rose Jelly. I can’t wait to dig into some of this in the middle of the cold nasty winter.

Wild Rose Jelly
this is two step recipe of the soaking petals and then making the jelly later
2 cups rose petals, white part snipped off
2 cups boiling water
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons calcium water-from Pomona Pectin package
2/3 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons Pomona Pectin powder

place petals in a large non reactive mixing bowl
boil water and pour two full cups over the petals
cover and let the petals steep for at least two hours, I let mine steep 6 hours
drain through cheese cloth or a couple of coffee filters in a strainer
while the juice is draining set up your canning pot for a boiling water bath (directions there!), wash jars and fill with hot water and wash lid and rings well and keep hot in a small pan
you should have close to two cups of juice, add a water to get to two cups if needed
pour into a medium size heavy bottom pot
add the lemon juice and calcium water
bring to a boil stirring occasionally
mix the sugar and powdered pectin together
when the juice is boiling and can’t be stirred down add the sugar/pectin mixture
stir to make sure the pectin gets completely dissolved
cook and stir for 30 seconds
remove from heat, skin any foam and pour into hot jars
wipe the rim, place a hot lid and a clean ring on the jar and carefully hand tighten(the jar is hot be careful)
process for 5 minutes in a boiling water bath or put in the fridge for immediate use
you can also flip the jars upside down for five minutes and then turn back over, the lid will “POP”┬á within 20 minutes
once cooled check for seals, any jars lids that are not sucked down should be refrigerated at once

I suppose it is worth saying that you should pick roses where you know they have not been sprayed with any nasty chemicals. Don’t pick your neighbors roses. Don’t pick all the roses from one bush, that’s just being a jerk. And do make sure the roses you’re going to ingest are SAFE for human consumption.