Did you know that roses are edible? There was a day that I never gave it a thought! Roses make me think of romance and courtship, but not food. When I stumbled upon a magazine that showed women preparing salad that contained rose petals, I knew I just had to make something yummy with the wild roses growing in the woods.
The fruit of roses, called rose hips (buy here), 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. Those are not edible.
Homemade Wild Rose Jelly
1 C. fresh rose petals or 1/2 cup dried rose petals (buy here)
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.
- Wipe the rims of the jars clean and seal with canning lids.
- Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
Have you ever made rose jelly?
This post is linked to: Like a Bubbling Brook
This post is updated from its original posting of July 1, 2011.