Ah jelly, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! In all seriousness, jelly is sort of a favorite dessert in my family – to the point that it’s become a bit of a running joke at get-togethers (especially at my gran’s place).
Christmas? Jelly. New Years? Jelly. General family visits? Yep, you guessed it, jelly.
Now, in the interest of fairness, I should probably say that my gran hasn’t done jelly for a while – it’s still the favorite mealtime joke though!
So…what’s flower jelly? Well, I’m glad you asked. Flower jelly is jelly that has been made with flowers…but you probably already figured that out, didn’t you?
Of course, you did, clever cookie! Now that we know what flower jelly is, let’s look at some recipes, but first, how do you make flower jelly?
Start with a Cup of Tea…Yes, Really
Making a flower jelly starts with a cup of tea…somehow that seems very British. Simply take the petals of whatever flower you’re using for your jelly and allow them to steep in boiling water until you have the strength you want.
Once you have your tea, simply mix and cook it with sugar, pectin (the gelling agent), and lemon juice until it’s the right consistency.
Once you’ve got your jelly made you can preserve it for later use. If you don’t have pectin, then plain gelatin powder should also work.
Important Note: Make sure you’re using safe plants/flowers for your jellies. If you don’t know what it is, leave it alone!
On to the Recipes!
If you like a sweet, and floral tea, jasmine is perfect for the job! Its sweet, floral flavor makes a great drink, but it also makes a good jelly and goes well with scones.
If you’d like to try making this one yourself, you can get a good recipe here.
Sunflowers are probably best known for their seeds – after all, sunflower seeds are popular as both a healthy human snack and as bird food.
It has a nutty flavor that’s probably not what you’d expect in a bowl of jelly, but it’s pretty easy to make.
Here’s a recipe to prove it!
Honeysuckle is something that I know will make a great jelly. How do I know?
Because, when I was a kid, I used to get into trouble around the summertime for eating the flowers off my grandad’s honeysuckle bush! Sweet and sugary, you can’t go wrong.
Here’s the honeysuckle jelly recipe for you to try.
Mint jelly is typically associated with roasts at New Year, Christmas, and, if you’re in the USA, Thanksgiving.
Roast lamb is something of a favorite in my family when it comes to mint jelly, it has a sweet, slightly spicy flavor to it that complements the meats quite well. Apart from the nice flavor, mint jelly is very, very easy to make.
Here’s the proof, try it yourself.
This one you’ll have to be careful with, it’s got a very strong flavor which can easily become overwhelming. Wild bergamot flowers have a nice citrus scent that has a touch of mint to them.
That citrus flavor translates well to desserts like jellies but it’s very easy to add too much bergamot to the mix so watch what you’re doing.
There are many recipes for bergamot jelly, this one uses bergamot puree instead of flower petals (the tea method).
If you decide to make bergamot tea to use in your jelly, don’t use more than one or two petals – you don’t want it to be too strong.
Lavender has been used for years as a medicinal plant to soothe headaches and calm nerves. It smells nice with a sweet, aromatic fragrance and flavor that makes it perfect for jellies.
Here’s a recipe for you to try for yourself.
Roses are my mom’s favorite flowers; she’s got several bushes in the garden. The sweet scent and lovely colors make the garden look nice.
So, considering the sweet, floral flavor it’s no wonder these are popular for foods. That said, I don’t think my mom would take kindly to me taking petals off her flowers to make jelly.
If you want to try it yourself, here’s a recipe for you.
Ah basil, a popular part of any herb garden, and is often used in cooking. It has a spicy, fragrant scent and makes a very nice jelly. The jelly may have a slight tartness to it, but a bit of extra sugar should sweeten it.
Here’s a recipe for you.
Nasturtium flowers have a sweet flavor that goes well with desserts so it’s only natural that someone would have the bright idea to make nasturtium jelly.
If you want to try it yourself, use this recipe and see what you think.
Violets make a lovely, sweet jelly to be enjoyed whenever and wherever you want. Try it yourself, here’s a recipe. You’re not going to regret it.
Hailing from China and Europe, Peonies are pretty pink flowers that have edible petals. The jelly in this recipe has a flavor that is a mixture of peach and strawberry with a slightly floral touch to it. You know you want to try this one!
Dandelions are commonly thought of as pesky weeds, but they have a few different uses and their yellow flowers are nice to look at.
This jelly can be enjoyed with teatime snacks and the honey-lemon flavor is very nice.
Try it yourself, here’s the recipe.
Chamomile has been used to calm people’s nerves for a while now, so it only makes sense to make a dessert with it, right? It’s pretty easy to make too which is an added bonus.
Here’s the recipe for you.
Anise flowers make a very nice jelly, their sweet licorice flavor making them a popular choice for something different flavor-wise. Here’s a recipe to try if you want to have something different yourselves.
Dried chrysanthemum flowers, goji berries, and red dates work together to give us this lovely little gem. It’s sweet and refreshing and I highly recommend trying it.
Here’s the recipe for you.
Fireweed is popular as a survival plant, as the young shoots and flowers are edible. You can also make jelly with it – why else would it be on this list? It looks nice and tastes nicer.
Primroses have a sweet flavor that goes well in teas. You can also make jellies/jams with them. This recipe is great on toast and scones!
There are Many More to Work With
This was a surprisingly difficult list to make, there are so many recipes to choose from, and picking the best ones took a bit longer than I thought it would.
That said, I had great fun with this one and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Now, I want to know your experiences with flower jellies. Have you made them? What flowers did you use? Leave all that in the comment section.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you for the next one. Take care!
Greg is a South African farmer and homesteader who’s been around animals ever since he can remember. he’s also an avid camper and hiker.