Rose Petal and Lemon Balm Jelly

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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Recipe for Rose Petal and Lemon Balm Jelly

Servings: 1 - 1.5 cups

Ingredients

  • *.75 oz. dried lemon balm leaves
  • *.5 oz dried rose petals clean and never sprayed
  • *2 cups water
  • *1 tablespoon lemon juice I used bottled organic lemon juice
  • *1 tablespoons powdered pectin I used freezer jam pectin because it was all I had
  • *1 cup organic sugar

Instructions

  • 1. Combine lemon balm leaves and rose petals in a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and allow to steep for about an hour.
  • 2. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve: use a wooden spoon to press all the liquid from the plant material (compost or discard it when you're through).
  • 3. Combine strained liquid with lemon juice in the saucepan, then whisk in the pectin and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring to ensure the sugar dissolves, then turn heat to medium high and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes (or until the jelly has reduced a bit and thickened).
  • 4. Transfer jelly to sterile jar(s), add lid(s) and ring(s), and cool to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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