rose and lemon balm

A month or so ago, when my roses were in full bloom, I plucked what seemed like an awful lot of petals and set them aside to dry. My intention was to make this beautiful recipe; the only problem was, I had no idea how many fresh petals I’d need to end up with the amount necessary to make the jelly.

When my petals were fully dry, I weighed them and found I only had .5 ounces. I was a little dismayed, until I realized I had a bag full of dried lemon balm from my garden that I’d stashed in my cupboard last summer. So I combined the two in this recipe, and the result was seriously spectacular. I only ended up with one cup of jelly- one incredibly intense cup of jelly- so I am doing my best to stretch it for as long as possible.

rose petal and lemon balm jelly

This jelly is best made with fragrant rose petals intended for culinary use; be sure they’ve never been sprayed with chemicals and that they are clean and free of insects. While I can’t speak to the medicinal quality of the finished jelly, it is worth noting that in herbal medicine, both rose petals and lemon balm are said to have calming properties.

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lemon balm and rose petal jelly

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    Amelia from Z Tasty Life — July 26, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    Winnie: this looks so delicate and fragrant and oh so feminine. j’adore…

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    Diana@Spain-In-Iowa — July 26, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    I agree with Amelia.. this is beautiful and feminine for sure. Does it matter what kind of rose petals you can use for recipes like this? I’m enlightened!!

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    Lynda — July 26, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    Such beautiful photos, Winnie. I have never cooked with rose petals before, and now I am wondering why.

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    Ana Helena Campbell — July 26, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    I always wanted to use rose petal. Great idea and beautiful results. Thanks for sharing!

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    Faith — July 26, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    Thank you so much for your sweet words. Your jam is really stunning, and I love the use of lemon balm — I bet it was a lovely combination!

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    Jeanette — July 26, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    What an interesting fragrant jelly, and what a beautiful deep red color.

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    Lisa (This Little Piggy) — July 26, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    What a lovely idea. I bet the smell is heavenly. My grandparents had so many rosebushes. As I have 2 paltry ones I won’t be trying making this, but an inspiring post. The bread looks great too.

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    Liz Marr, MS, RD — July 27, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    How lovely. I’ve made a lot of jelly but I never thought to make it with rose petals.

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    marla — July 27, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Winnie this jelly is so creative, I must try to make this. So fragrant and fabulous I bet!!

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    The Dinner Belle for — July 27, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    That looks and sounds DIVINE. How do you come up with all these genius culinary creations? I would have never thought of making jelly out of rose petals and lemon – which seems like an awesome combination, by the way ;)

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    stephchows — July 27, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Oh this jelly looks fabulous! I’m hosting a jam exchange over on my blog, we’ve got 90 people participating so far! If you’d like to join in I bet you’d make a great partner for someone!

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    Amber — July 27, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    Oh, that is delightful! I love the combination of flavors, I might have to try something similar! Thank you for sharing the idea.

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    Martha — July 27, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    I made rose petal jam. It was such a treat. Sweet and fragrant and beautiful.
    Yes. It is difficult to find that many roses. I found a rose hedge growing along side the road, in the country on an old fence. My sister and I gathered them up. It to soooooooo many! But it was worth it.

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    Emily Jenkins — July 27, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    I know this is totally cheating, but do you think you could use bulk organic rose petals purchased from a spice shop? Our roses are done for the year so I missed the boat on doing this 100% DIY.

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    Winnie — July 27, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    I won’t tell anyone Emily :)

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    Mary Lee — July 27, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    What if the rose petals and lemon balm were not dried, but fresh – how might that affect the flavor of the jelly??

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    Carolyn — July 27, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    I am regretting now not picking the petals of my rosebushes. I was considering it, for homemade rosewater. Your jelly is beautiful and I love the idea of the rose/lemon balm combo.

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    Monet — July 28, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    What a beautifully sounding and looking jam. I love how you styled your photographs. I always struggle shooting bread. You make it look so classy! Thanks for sharing, sweet girl.

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    Peter — July 29, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I had such lavish plans for my roses and then the deer ate every single flower. Rose-scented venison, anyone?

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    Kimberley — August 3, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    So gorgeous! And the flavor pairing is totally inspiring.

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    Lana — September 22, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    My mom has a wild rose bush in her yard and she uses only those petals for her jelly – the flowers are small, but they are intensely fragrant. And, yes, it takes a ton of petals for a few tiny jars, but they are unbelievably good. This summer my 19 year old was here in Serbia and she made the jelly, as my mom is sick.
    I am impressed at your problem-solving skills – I bet that a hint of lemon brought another dimension to the jelly.

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