16 Flower Jellies That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

April 7, 2015

Canning, Foraging

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Although cold weather isn’t quite behind us, Spring has definitely arrived. The flowers are just beginning to wake from their long slumber and emerge reborn from their earthy graves. Pretty soon we’ll be surrounded by gorgeous shades of pink, white, yellow, orange, purple, and everything in between. My absolute favorite part of Spring is finding new wild edibles growing around our land. It seems every year brings a new discovery, and a unique addition to our foraged meals.

Flower jellies have become a fun staple in our food pantry as I’ve been learning more about which blossoms are safe to be consumed. It has been surprising to discover how many of the flowers I’ve planted around my home for landscaping purposes are actually edible! Now when I plant flowers, I specifically look for varieties that are not only beautiful to look at, but are edible, medicinal, or otherwise useful in a survival situation.

If you don’t have fruit or berry bushes readily accessible, or if you just like to experiment with different flavors, flower blossoms make an excellent (and free!) ingredient to add to your next batch of jelly. Don’t forget to share them with your friends! These unique jellies make wonderful gifts.

Here are 16 awesome ideas for jellies you can make from foraged flower blossoms…

 

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening1. Honeysuckle Jelly

This is my family’s personal favorite. Every year, my children and I gather gallons of honeysuckle blossoms from the vines in our woods to make this amazing Honeysuckle Jelly. We swear it tastes just like honey. Enjoy it spread over a hot, fresh biscuit.

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening2. Violet Jelly

Violets love to grow wild in lawns, in cultivated flower beds, and along the edge of the woods. The blossoms are delicious eaten fresh, but they also make a fantastic and completely gorgeous Violet Jelly.

 

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening3. Lilac Jelly

Lilacs are another edible blossom that make a delicious jelly . If you don’t happen to have any growing wild in your area, plant a bush in a sunny location in your yard and enjoy your own homemade lilac jelly straight from your own backyard!

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening4. Dandelion Jelly

I know you have dandelions growing in your yard… or at least somewhere in your neighborhood! If you’ve been spraying these so-called weeds… stop it! They’re packed full of vitamins, and their roots make an excellent liver tonic. But besides the medicinal value of dandelions, you’ll love the sweet, golden jelly you can make from these pervasive flowers. Just be sure to harvest them from somewhere you know hasn’t been sprayed- and always wash them well before cooking.

 

 

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening5. Sunflower Jelly

Sunflowers are a great addition to your backyard homestead. Not only can you harvest their seeds to enjoy yourself or supplement your animal’s feed, but you can also make Sunflower Jelly from those lovely yellow petals. If you’ve never grown sunflowers, pick up a pack of seeds and give them a try this year! The birds and bees will love you for it.

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening6. Kudzu Jelly

If you live in the South, no doubt you are all too familiar with Kudzu’s invasive ways. All along our highways you will find entire forests swallowed with this uncontrollable vine. Fortunately, Kudzu isn’t a complete nuisance. It does hold medicinal properties, as well as usefulness for making baskets and ropes, among other things. It’s also totally edible, and makes an amazing Kudzu Blossom Jelly.

 

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening7. Hedgerow Jelly

Wildflowers grow everywhere, so no matter where you live you can make some variation of this Hegderow Jelly. The flavors will vary depending on the blossom varieties you use, but the method would stay the same. Just be sure to forage from somewhere you know to be safe and free from pesticides and herbicides, and always double check if you aren’t 100% sure you’ve properly identified a wild edible. You can’t be too careful when foraging!

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening8. Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly

Around here we call Queen Anne’s Lace “chigger bushes”, because they’re notoriously infested with tiny little bugs that will jump off of the white umbrella shaped blossoms and cause itchy bumps anywhere you have skin exposed. In the foraging world, this plant is also known as Wild Carrot. Just be sure you know the difference between Queen Anne’s Lace and deadly Hemlock before you go to pick that blossom. One touch of Hemlock can make you deathly ill.  The main differences in identification of these two look-alikes are these:

  • Queen Anne’s Lace has a hairy stem. (“Queen Ann has hairy legs.”)
  • Hemlock has a smooth stem.
  • Queen Anne’s Lace has a solid green stem.
  • Hemlock has reddish streaks on the stem.
  • Queen Anne’s Lace will often have a tiny scarlet colored flower in the middle of the white blossom.
  • Hemlock is solid white.
  • Queen Anne’s Lace roots smell like a carrot.
  • Hemlock has a foul smell.

Once you’re sure you have Queen Anne’s Lace without a doubt, give this Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly recipe a try!

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9. Lavender Jelly

Lavender is another beautiful plant to have growing all around your home. It has so many great uses, one of which of course is a heavenly Lavender Jelly. If you’re interested in planting some, I’d recommend that you choose a long-stemmed variety- these have more uses than their low growing sisters.

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10. Elderflower Jelly

We usually allow our Elderflowers to mature into deep purple berries to make elderberry syrup, but if you have an abundance and would like to find an alternate use for your elder plants, Elderflower Vanilla Jelly is another great way to use this edible plant!

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11. Hibiscus Jelly

You’ll want to make sure you have the right kind of Hibiscus to make this decadent jelly. It often goes by the name “Roselle” Hibiscus. We’re growing this particular variety to make drinks out of, but Hibiscus Jelly sounds pretty amazing as well!

 

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening12. Red and White Clover Jelly

No matter where you live, you’re sure to find patches of red and white clover growing wild in your yard, in the cracks of the sidewalk, and along the roadside. The next time you pass a patch that’s pretty far from foot traffic, put it to good use with this White Clover Jelly Recipe, or this White Wine and Red Clover Blossom Jelly!

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening13. Rose Petal Jelly

Roses are amazing plants, especially the Rosa Rugosa variety. The Rugosa is known for growing large rose hips which are loaded with Vitamin C. I like using the rose hips to make an immune boosting tea whenever we feel a cold coming on. Rose Petal Jelly looks like another great way to use this versatile plant!

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening14. Nasturtium Jelly

Not only are Nasturtiums great companion plants in the garden, effective at repelling whiteflies, squash bugs, and pumpkin beetles, they’re also delicious to munch fresh off the plant! The red and orange petals are an appealing addition to a fresh summer salad; they also make a lovely flower jelly.

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15. Marigold Jelly Recipe

Pot Marigolds, also known as Calendula, are my favorite variety to grow. Calendula has medicinal properties, and is great for skin issues. It also acts as a pest repellant in the garden. Who knew you could make jelly with those fragrant blossoms?

 

flower jelly, how to make jelly, survival gardening16. Forsythia Jelly

Forsythia is one of those plants that you see growing EVERYWHERE in the South. It’s hard not to notice those bright yellow bushes lining the property of so many homes. This beautiful shrub pairs nicely with dandelions and honey, and makes an amazing Forsythia blossom jelly.

So, what’s your favorite flower jelly?

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34 Responses to “16 Flower Jellies That’ll Knock Your Socks Off”

  1. tessa Says:

    These are amazing! I can’t wait to try some of them this year. Hibiscus and nasturtium – really?!

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  2. Softballumpire Says:

    I would add Silal to the list. It does require a steam juicer to liquify the meal in the berry but it does create a tasty juice to which can be added to other juices as well. My wife mixed hers with raspberry. This mixture was then used for the base for the absolute best sweet & sour sauce for home Chinese cooking recipes. I found it superior to that used in the commercial Chinese restaurants.

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  3. radarphos Says:

    See a lesson on hemlock compared to Cow Parsley to better ID hemlock as a poisonous weed. Hemlock is all over the USA and England. It is poisonous to handle. Don’t try and rip it out with your bare hands, and especially if you have cuts or open wounds on your hand… 1/10th of a gram is deadly to an adult, and hemlock growing in sunlight is more potent than shaded hemlock. See: http://www.eatweeds.co.uk/is-it-hemlock-or-cow-parsley, lesson by Mr. Robin Harford. He confirms hemlock by slicing both a plant stem (e.g., near dirt) and a leaf stem and examining the huge hole in the center of both (that takes up about 75% of the diameter of the stem). I have not had a chance to check on other similar looking plants.

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  4. Adrian Says:

    Refreshing to discover something additional that is edible and adds flavor at the same time. After reading this article, I looked up ways on how to make it and several recipes suggested two cups of sugar (yikes!) in the mix. Can this be substituted with bee honey?

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  5. Neal Says:

    Some great new recipes here, can’t wait to try them. Another flower that makes great jelly is Common Milkweed.

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  6. Laura H Says:

    Redbud tree flowers make a lovely pink jelly, just made some today!

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  7. Sherri H-H Says:

    What about Wisteria blooms?

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  8. Paula Says:

    I make the clover jelly every year and it is so delicious. I cant wait to try some of the other flower jellies. I’m excited now gotta go pick some more flowers.;)

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  9. susan Says:

    Wanted to say thanks for this resource. Someone in my garden club was interested in flower jellies so I volunteered to take on the project and to do a presentation. I made nasturtium, rose petal, and hedgerow jellies, with 2 of my club members donating flowers. We did a tasting meal with all kinds of options for eating the sweet stuff, and sent some home with gardeners as well. I’ll definately do this again. I did find that the citrus wasn’t quite enough tartness for me and added just a touch of cider vinegar to each, so mine are more agrodulce than plain jam. (made some lemon curd as well as a foil.)

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  10. Robin Says:

    Are the blossoms from banana shrubs edible can you make jelly from them?

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  11. Heather Joy Says:

    these are exciting! I also am a homeschool mother of four. We love trying new things. I would love to know what these jellies resemble in flavor. We recently make dandelion and violet jelly. Dandelion tasted like honey, I think I needed more violet in my violet jelly, it was pretty but tasted like sugar.

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  12. Valerie Says:

    Does anyone know if you can make jelly from morning glory blossoms?

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  13. Katlin Evans Says:

    So excited about these jellies! So far I’ve made dandelion,violet and lilet! All of which were delcious!! Can’t wait to make the rest thanks for sharing

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  14. Sherri Emery Says:

    Was wondering about buttercups? I have lots of them and was wondering if they could also be used for making jelly.

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  15. Jorge L Rivero Jr Says:

    Hello Kendra,

    i have been looking for something like this. thank you for the post. i do have a question, do these jellies have a flowery perfume like after taste for each flower?

    Thanks

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  16. Rose Barnes Says:

    I was always told that honeysuckle is poisonous and cannot be eaten. Can you clarify this?

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    • Sandra Says:

      I ate Honeysuckle blossoms all while growing up. We would pull off the blossom to eat the nectar. It was amazing. Looked like honey but not as sticky or cloyingly sweet. I don’t know if you can eat the petals but you can eat the nectar!

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    • Jeanette Watson Says:

      Honeysuckle is delicious both by picking the flowers and pulling the stamen (I think that is what is it called) through the flower and getting a drop of honey, or making honeysuckle jelly. My whole family loves eating the honey straight from the flower and I make jelly and can’t keep it around they eat it so quickly. Enjoy those flowers!!

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    • Blanca Lucco Says:

      we used to suck on honeysuckle as kids, pretty sure it’s not poisonous.

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    • Brion Battin black Says:

      The name alone ought to give a strong indication as to it’s edibility. We frequently suck the freshly plucked blossoms for their honey-like taste.

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    • Mandy Says:

      You may have already researched this and discovered an answer but here is some info. What I found is that the berries are poisonous but the blooms and nectar are edible.

      homeguides.sfgate.com/honeysuckle-poisonious-57584.html

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    • Mary Webb Says:

      If honeysuckle was poisonous I would have died at a young age. We used and when I can find it still suck the juice.

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  17. Cornelia Says:

    An inspiring article. I see my garden with new eyes. Thanks so much. Plan to try lilac and dandelion this spring

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  18. RuthAnne Cupps Says:

    I’m trying to become a homeschool mom of a busy 5 year old boy….
    Proving to not be as easy as I thought.
    I’m looking for anything and everything “off the grid” in terms of jellies and jams as well as baking as an option for unique county fair entries….
    I found your post on edible floral jellies very interesting and am curious if there is a map of sorts of the USA that might show where these flowers grow in abundance wildly???

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  19. Keara Says:

    Peony! Tastes kind of like a mix of strawberry and peach.

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  20. Tracie Says:

    How could you make what I know as Mountain Tea Berry jam? Could you use the leaves instead of just the berries?

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  21. louise smith Says:

    Powdered pectin is whacko price here in uk. I just paid £6.00 for 100grammes

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  22. Jeff Says:

    How about Anise Hyssop? Would it taste like Black Licorice Candy?

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  23. Susan v Says:

    Your dandelion jelly is outstanding! When I now think of all the times I complained about them in the yard, now I know what to do with them! God gave us so much!!

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