Homemade Wild Rose Jelly

I did not know until a few years ago that roses were edible – I just never gave it a thought!  Roses make me think of romance and courtship, but not food – until I stumbled upon a magazine that showed women preparing salad that contained rose petals – hmmmm, very interesting!  The fruit of roses, called rose hips, are most often the edible part of the rose used because it’s so high in vitamin C.  The rose petals, however, are also edible and are especially high in polyphenols, an important antioxidant.  I found a wild rose bush out in the woods and decided to make some jelly!  You can use roses in your yard also, as long as you’re SURE it has not been sprayed with pesticides.  This is very important with eating flower petals.  So, don’t ever buy roses from the store for your next meal. :)

Here’s what a wild rose looks like.  All roses have thorns on the stems, too.
 It sure was a prickly situation picking these petals.  I had thorns from the wild rose bush, and thorns from blackberry bushes intertwined with the rose bush to deal with.  You can snip off the flower head from the bush because you want to use the petals right away since they lose their nutritional value quickly.  It was too prickly around the bush for me, though, to be able to cut the heads off.  I had to give it everything I had just to reach some of the petals!  At one point I had thorns grabbing my hair, shirt and skirt from all directions at the same time.  The more I moved, the worse the situation got!  I know I looked hilarious! lol!  Next time I need to be clothed in all leather, or something! :)
 I did manage to get about a cup of petals.  A lot of the petals had fallen off the bush, so next year I’m going to get them sooner!
 Just when I was positive that I had every last petal, and I managed to work my way out of the thorns, I turned around and saw a small cluster of 2 or 3 flowers mocking me that I missed them.  I decided it wasn’t worth it to venture back to get those few petals because they were in the prickliest part of the bush.  I’ll leave those to the insects!
 Like I said, make sure you do something with the petals as soon as you can before they lose their nutritional value.  Wash each petal well and pat dry.

Here’s a recipe from Herb Mentor:

  • 1 C. rose petals
  • 1 1/2 C. water
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbs.)
  • 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 Pkg. Sure-Jell pectin 
Combine the rose petals, 3/4 cup water and lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Slowly add the sugar and blend well.
  • Bring the remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Stir in the pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the hot mixture into the blender with the other ingredients and blend 1 minute.
Pour into sterilized jars and seal.  Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
Here’s my pretty pink rose jelly!  This recipe yielded 2 half pints (or jelly jars).  The taste is tart and sweet. 
It’s good on homemade bread, and satisfying to me to make use of plants in the wild.  It’s healthier and saves money!

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  1. says

    That looks so yummy! I just LOVE tart jelly! I have a rose bush with small roses on it in the front yard, could I use them? Thanks for all the helpful hints! :D I am taking your button ;) I haven’t made one just yet, but hopefully next week!

    Jeni @ Becoming Martha

  2. says

    You can use the rose bush in your yard as long as it hasn’t been sprayed with any pesticides or chemicals! Let me know when your button is ready! :)

  3. says

    Hi, I’m from Alberta Canada, where our provincial flower is the wild rose-our lisence plates even say Wild Rose Alberta! In other words we are abundantly blessed with wild roses! I had not heard that you could make jelly from them-now I am excited to try! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I too found your blog from raising homemakers. Blessings

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