Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rose-Petal Jam

I'd like to preface this by saying that I haven't tried this recipe. I found it in the Time-Life Encyclopedia of Gardening Book, "Roses." It sounded interesting and I thought I'd share it in case anyone out there would be interested. I may try it one day and I'll let you know if I ever do. Please let me know if you try it, too!

Here is the text as it appears in the book:

Rose-Petal Jam
through the ages, rose petals have been used as a flavoring in all sorts of dishes and drinks, puddings candies and preserves. One traditional recipe for a tasty  rose-petal jam, calls for these ingredients:

8 ounces of petals, preferably taken from newly opened fragrant red or pink roses

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 pounds sugar

1 cup rose water (available in pharmacies)

Wash and drain the rose petals. Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice and rose water. Add petals and leave in a warm place to steep for a few hours. Put in a saucepan; simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture takes on a jam-like consistency. Allow to cool, then put in small glass jars and cover.


Just Breathe said...

I just don't know about this one. It's not sounding like I would like it. Let us know if you ever make it!

mirrorsandmagicfrogs said...

I made this a few years back, mainly out of curiosity. The scent is heavenly. It's very delicate, though, so it doesn't really hold up to hardier breads. I tried it on a PB&J, which wasn't one of my brighter ideas.

It does go well with traditional scones and tea. :)