Rose Petal Jam
2 ounces (approx. 2 C. lightly packed or to what would be a perfectly comfy fairy bed) wild rose petals (preferably collected 50 feet from roads and in a pesticide free area)
2 C. organic cane sugar
3 T. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. Pomonas fruit pectin
Place water and roses in a saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1 Â¾ C. of sugar into the simmering petals. Stir to dissolve the sugar crystals. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice. Pay attention to the gorgeous vibrant color that emerges. Simmer 10 minutes. Mix the remaining Â¼ C. sugar and pectin in a bowl. While stirring the jam add the pectin/sugar mixture sprinkle by sprinkle to ensure pectin incorporates without clumping. Continue to simmer for 20 minutes. It may seem quite loose for jam, it will firm up as it sets but does remain more of a silky syrup with luscious bits of petals. This keeps for 2 months in the fridge, also freezes beautifully and canning is always a brilliant option. Notes: you can use dried petalsâ€¦. 1/3 C. dried = 1 C. fresh (readily available in natural food stores, in the bulk herb section) Try it on vanilla ice cream.