Rose Petal Jam

Rose Petal Jam

Rose Petal Jam with Fresh Rose Petals

Rose Petal Jam is sweet rose-scented heaven! I love floral flavours, particularly rose. They taste wonderful but there is also something romantic and exotic about edible flowers.

I love travelling and one of my favourite places to visit is Morocco. I have had many trips there over the years and have wonderful culinary and cultural memories! Morocco is known for its wonderful roses and rose petals and rose water are used in both sweet and savoury dishes. The province of Ouarzazate, south-east of Marrakesh, is the centre of rose production. Each year in early May in El Kelaa M’Gouna, a small town in the Moroccan “Valley of Roses” there is a Rose Festival to celebrate the annual harvest.

Making Rose Petal Jam reminds me of Moroccan breakfasts and exploring a different culture. However, it also makes me of my own home. I make it using roses from my garden in Gloucestershire and, sometimes, from wild roses that flower in June and July along my regular dog-walking routes.

Rose Petals

What you need to know about Rose Petal Jam

  • What does it taste like? Well, the quick answer is that it tastes of eating roses! It is a sweet, semi-set jam. The petals are not generally removed, although you can do this if you wish, so it has a bit of texture to it too. The long answer is that it tastes of memories, exotic places and also of home (see above!).
  • How do I use it? It is pretty versatile. I’ve listed a few of the ways that I use it below to offer some inspiration!
    • First off, you can use it, as you would any jam, spread on bread and butter for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
    • It is also great as an accompaniment to cheese. Use it as you would a chutney with hard mild cheese, such as Lancashire or Wensleydale. Drop a spoonful over soft cheese such as ricotta or a good cream cheese. Or drizzle it over fried haloumi.
    • It is also good stirred into plain Greek yogurt or with vanilla ice cream.
    • If you are making pancakes, a dollop of rose petal jam, and maybe a spoonful of whipped cream, will make them taste sublime.
    • It also is a good addition to many plain pudding recipes. Stir it into rice pudding, add it to bread and butter pudding or use a spoonful, together with some whipped cream, to sandwich a pair of meringues.
    • It is good as a filling for cakes, particularly Victoria-sandwich style cakes.
Rose Petal Jam
How do you make it?

It is really quick and easy to make Rose Petal Jam. It takes only 20 minutes and the list of ingredients is very short.

  • The time to make this jam is in the summer when the roses, in your garden or in the hedgerows, are in full bloom. Choose new open flowers – rose buds and older roses that are going brown are not as good. It is best to pick them on a sunny day as the flavour will be stronger. Choose fragrant varieties. The stronger the scent of the roses, the stronger the flavour of the resulting jam.
  • As with all edible flowers, you need to make sure that those that you are gathering have not been treated with any chemicals. Do not ever use roses from a florist as they are very likely to have been chemically treated.
  • There are two views regarding preparation of rose petals for culinary use.The first is that you should not wash the petals s as this will impact the flavour and you should just shake the flowers and pick through them to remove any insects. The second is that the blooms need to be washed to remove the bugs, and any dirt, regardless of any reduction in flavour. I tend towards the “no-wash” view when making this jam but the choice is yours.
  • It is vital to add pectin to this jam (step 5) as your jam will not set without it and it does not occur naturally in rose petals!
  • This jam will keep for around three months. Once you have opened the jar, you should keep it in the refrigerator.

Rose Petal Jam

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Rose Petal Jam

Home-made Rose Petal Jam recipe

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Rose Petal Jam

Rose Petal Jam

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large jar 1x
  • Category: Jam
  • Cuisine: English


This delicious jam is made from fresh rose petals and has an amazing floral taste.


  • 250 ml (8 fl oz) water
  • 450 g (1 lb) caster sugar
  • 50 g (2 oz) fresh rose petals
  • 100 ml (3 fl oz) pectin
  • Juice of half a lemon


  1. Put the water and sugar in a heavy-based pan.   Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Check that the rose petals are free from insects.   You can wash your petals if you wish.   However, to ensure a stronger flavour, it is better not to wash them.
  3. Add the rose petals to the saucepan containing the water and sugar.
  4. Bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the lemon juice and pectin and then pour the mixture into a sterilised jam jar.   Cover with a lid and allow to cool.


You can sterilise your jam jar by washing it in warm, soapy water, rinsing well and then drying off for 15 minutes in an oven set at 140C/120C fan/gas 1.

Keywords: rose petal, jam

This recipe has been shared on #CookBlogShare with Curly’s Cooking  and #Fiesta Friday with Fiesta Friday and  Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau

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