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Make Flower Jellies to Preserve Blooms as Food

There’s something so very special about flowers. They seem to be the very essence of form and function. It is enough, for me, that they simply exist. However, when I can take their beauty and turn them into delicious food and put them up into the pantry for winter eating so much the better. Making flower jellies is a great way to not only take advantage of purposely planted blooms but also wildflowers and weeds, too.

Make the most of the beautiful blooms of spring and summer and make flower jellies to preserve their flavor for winter eating |

Make Flower Jellies from Tea

Almost all flower jellies start by making a tea of the flower petals. That tea is then sweetened and gelled with the addition of pectin. Almost every recipe calls for steeping the flowers in water to make the tea.

However, there are some other choices. Instead of water, consider using white wine or apple juice for example.

Like any jelly be sure to can these flower jellies following safe canning procedures so that you can keep them in the pantry for the winter or give them as gifts later.

Violets tend to be one of the first blooms of spring and make a beautiful and tasty jelly.

Dandelions are almost always abundant. Leave some for the bees, of course, but if you’re pulling them from the vegetable garden save some of the petals for jelly.

Lilacs fill the air with their sweet scent in the spring and those blossoms are indeed edible. Lilac flower jelly is a great way to save spring for winter.

Lavender blossoms make for a delicious jelly when combined with Meyer lemon juice.

Honeysuckle flower jelly tastes like honey and is amazing mixed into oatmeal or served on toast.

Roses give us two opportunities to make jelly from one plant. Use the petals for a delicately flavored jelly or the hips for a tangier, vitamin C packed jelly.

The peppery bite of nasturtium flowers make for a sweet and savory jelly that go well with crackers and cheese.

Fireweed is beautiful and edible. It tends to grow in thick patches making it a snap to gather enough blossoms quickly for jelly.

Clover flowers, either red or white, can be used for a weedy jelly.

Hibiscus flowers make for a vibrantly colored and flavored jelly.

Dried Versus Fresh Flowers

Make the tea for flower jelly from fresh or dried flowers. To substitute dried flowers for fresh called for in many recipes – use 1/3 of the called for amount. For example, make the tea with 1/3 Cup of dried flowers instead of 1 Cup of fresh flowers. If the harvest season is too busy to make time for flower jelly, dry those flowers and make the tea in the dark evenings of late fall.

This spring and summer make the most of those beautiful blooms and make flower jellies that can be stored and enjoyed in the winter season.

 Make the most of the beautiful blooms of spring and summer and make flower jellies to preserve their flavor for winter eating |

Flower Jelly Recipes

The best flower jelly recipes! Use edible flowers to make beautiful and tasty flower jelly that is perfect for gift giving and for preserving summer in a jar. All of these recipes include safe canning instructions.

Do you have a favorite flower jelly recipe?

Thanks for sharing!

Kim Simmons

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Can azaleas be used?

Angi Schneider

Sunday 12th of April 2020

No. Azaleas are not edible, they are toxic. You need to be sure that any flower you use is edible.


Saturday 18th of May 2019

Can I make the infusion and the refrigerate of freeze until I have to make the jelly? I really want to try this but time is a factor!!

Angi Schneider

Sunday 19th of May 2019

Hi Deb. Yes, you can absolutely do that! Thanks for asking.


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