How to make wild rose petal jam

Learn how to make wild rose petal jam from your foraged petals. The delicate petals of the wild rose mixed with sweet strawberries are used to make this divine rose petal jam recipe, which has a sweet floral flavor that can be enjoyed with every bite.

Picture a sunny day in the garden enjoying some homemade rose petal jam on a fresh Scottish scone or English muffin. The birds are chirping and all is right in the world.

Okay, given the state of the world it's hard to imagine. But, we can still enjoy our rose jam because this easy recipe will bring full bloom joy into your day.

A favorite memory of mine from the last year was hiking at my mother in law's house in Colorado, finding thousands of the beautiful wild roses for Candied rose petals, honey and jam.

woman's hand with bright red nails holding a wild rose in front of a pond with Lilly pads
wild rose foraged from Breckenridge Colorado

why you should make this recipe:

Roses are full of wonderful health benefits and have a lovely and memorable flavor.

  • There is no artificial color! This bright hue is directly from the roses.
  • According to Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry roses exhibit very strong radical scavenging effect and antioxidant power
  • Its petals are nutritionally dense, containing an abundance of vitamin A, B, C, E
  • In Ayurvedic medicine, roses are believed to to balance the heart chakra
  • Roses are calming to the central nervous system according to thel Journal of Experimental Biology

How to use rose petal jam

It's perfect on your cakes, rice pudding, Scottish scones, rose ice cream, on top of a fresh lemon cake, inside your pies and spread on your freshly baked breads. Basically, it's perfect for all and any dessert dishes. And this sweet jam makes a perfect Mother's Day gift.

This particular recipe is definitely a jam, and we like to keep our rose petals right inside, however you can strain them for more of a rose jelly. Rose petal jelly is definitely my jam, the liquid parts of this jam are like a silky syrup full of floral flavours. Dreaming of this in a freshly fried brioche donut, served over some fresh rose petals..

dark moody image on a wooden table of pink wild rose petals

Where does wild rose grow?

The botanical term wild rose which means just what it says — a species that occurs naturally, with no help from man — a true wildflower. Wild species roses are single bloomers with five petals, almost all of them are pink. Wild roses can be found in spring and summer, and are often found in fields and undisturbed areas. Whenever I am hiking I tend to see these beauties along the trails! For specifics on how to forage wild rose, visit this helpful page about https://www.growforagecookferment.com/foraging-for-rose-hips

Using wild rose to make rose jam is lovely because it's free, organic and truly seasonal. However, if you don't have access to wild roses, you can use any organic rose petals or organic dried rose petals. Ask your lucky friends with rose bushes for a few of their garden grown roses if you fancy.

Harvesting tips:

  • Don't use roses from highly contaminated areas such roadways, chemically treated lawns, or areas with animals.
  • If you haven't tried a particular flower in culinary uses, taste a small piece of the petal before consuming a whole petal. You can be allergic to flowers.
  • DO NOT make rose petal jam from the wilting bouquet of roses you pickled up from the grocery store. These are not grown for consumption and are heavily sprayed with pesticides.
close of image of ingredients in rose petal jam, with strawberries, lemon, a vintage strainer with washed strawberries, and pink wild rose petals

Ingredients:

  • filtered water
  • wild rose petals or dried rose petals
  • strawberries or raspberries
  • granulated sugar
  • lemons, zested and zest
  • individual packet of powdered pectin

Tools you need:

  • Large wooden spoon (or any mixing spoon)
  • Medium sauce pan
  • Mason jar

See notes below on tools needed for canning rose petal jam for a longer shelf life.

close up jar with wild rose petal jam with vibrant red jam and a vintage spoon with roses on it

How to make it:

  • Carefully pluck the individual petals from the rose bloom. Source your wild roses responsibly. Don't use roses from highly contaminated areas such roadways, chemically treated lawns, or areas with animals Gently mist your rose petals to clean them, because careful not to bruise them. I like to mist them with some water, place them on a towel, and gently place a paper towel on top of them for absorption

woman's hand pouring water into a sauce pan
  • Place water into a saucepan and bring to a simmer
woman's hand is pouring strawberries into pot for rose peta jam
  • Add your fruit, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and rose petals, and let them simmer for ten minutes
close up image of roses and strawberries simmering in a pot dissolving sugar
  • Continue to simmer over low heat for five minutes to let the sugar dissolve
  • Add in your pectin and stir to incorporate the pectin into all of the ingredients
  • Reduce heat to lowest setting and continue to let jam simmer for additional thirty minutes, stirring regularly
  • Remove from heat and let chill
  • Transfer to jar of choice

Frequently asked questions:

What is the shelf life of this recipe?

For non canned jam: enjoy within one month from a sealed container stored in your refrigerator or two months in the freezer.

For canned jam: Sealed jars can be stored in the pantry for one - two years.

Can I can this recipe to preserve it?

Yes you can!

Canning this jam will give it a much longer shelf life and allow you to enjoy the natural rose flavor long into the winter. Here is how to can your rose petal jam:

  • Sterilize your jars, lids and rings
  • Pour the jam into the sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top of the jar
  • Place the lids and rings on the jars
  • Place the jars in boiling water canner, completely covering the jars with at least one inch of water
  • Process the jars in the boiling water bath for 10 minutes
  • Remove the jars from the water and place on the kitchen counter to cool
  • Let the jars set for at least 24 hours before moving them
  • The jam will set over the next few days
  • Store in a cool, dark place and enjoy

symbolism in roses:

Roses are a symbol of love and authenticity. I always add some in my environment because everything on earth has an energy frequency, which can be changed by what we do or feel within ourselves. 

Roses can measure as much as 5x higher than her sister plants, like basil and peppermint. Roses are my favorite tool to use in any recipe, whether it be edible or something for the bath. A rose's scent is a proven aphrodisiac, and it's high vibration ( the highest in the plant kingdom ) paired with it's beautiful taste and looks, I am always called to use it. In the last year, you can see I used rose in many recipes. This beautiful syrup is a glorious concoction with the very essence of rose that comes with so many health benefits.

I hope this recipe works beautifully for you and is enjoyed for many years to come. Thank you so much for reading. Your visit to my site helped support a small mama run business today. If you enjoyed it, I would be so honored if you would share with your loved ones.

Sending love, fresh baked cookies, and a bouquet of your favorite flowers.

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Variation inspiration:

  • Substitute 1/2 cup of your filtered water with rose water for enhanced flavor of rose
  • Add in a few rose hips if you fancy for their vitamin C
  • Replace strawberries with raspberries
  • Add some fresh vanilla bean for vanilla rose jam

More rose recipes:

Wild rose petal jam

Wild rose petal jam

Yield: 2 16 oz mason jars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

The delicate petals of the wild rose mixed with sweet strawberries are used to make this divine rose petal jam recipe, which has a sweet floral flavor that can be enjoyed with every bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of filtered water
  • 2 cups wild rose petals or 2/3 cups dried rose petals
  • 2/3 cups strawberries or raspberries
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons, zested and zest
  • 1 1.75 ounce packet of pectin

Instructions

    Carefully pluck the individual petals from the rose bloom. Source your wild roses responsibly. Don't use roses from highly contaminated areas such roadways, chemically treated lawns, or areas with animals

    Gently mist your rose petals to clean them, because careful not to bruise them. I like to mist them with some water, place them on a towel, and gently place a paper towel on top of them for absorption

    Place water into a saucepan and bring to a simmer

    Add your fruit, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and rose petals, and let them simmer for ten minutes

    Continue to simmer over low heat for five minutes to let the sugar dissolve

    Add in your pectin and stir to incorporate the pectin into all of the ingredients

    Reduce heat to lowest setting and continue to let jam simmer for additional thirty minutes, stirring regularly

    Remove from heat and transfer to jar of choice

Notes

  • If you don't have access to wild rose you can use any organic rose petals or 2/3 cup dried organic rose petals
  • This recipe works well with other large petal edible flowers

You can substitute the recommended fruit with anything else you'd like: cherries, peaches, blueberries, mango.

Shelf life: For non canned jam: enjoy within one month from a sealed container stored in your refrigerator or two months in the freezer. For canned jam: Sealed jars can be stored in the pantry for one - two years.

Nutrition Information
Yield 30 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 70Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 14gProtein 0g

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