Although cold weather isn’t quite behind us, Spring has definitely arrived. The flowers are just beginning to wake from their long slumber and emerge reborn from their earthy graves. Pretty soon we’ll be surrounded by gorgeous shades of pink, white, yellow, orange, purple, and everything in between. My absolute favorite part of Spring is finding new wild edibles growing around our land. It seems every year brings a new discovery, and a unique addition to our foraged meals.
Flower jellies have become a fun staple in our food pantry as I’ve been learning more about which blossoms are safe to be consumed. It has been surprising to discover how many of the flowers I’ve planted around my home for landscaping purposes are actually edible! Now when I plant flowers, I specifically look for varieties that are not only beautiful to look at, but are edible, medicinal, or otherwise useful in a survival situation.
If you don’t have fruit or berry bushes readily accessible, or if you just like to experiment with different flavors, flower blossoms make an excellent (and free!) ingredient to add to your next batch of jelly. Don’t forget to share them with your friends! These unique jellies make wonderful gifts.