White Peony Jelly? Maybe…

Yes, you read it right! Jam made of peony petals!

Last week we had a tremendous storm one night and my only-just-opened white peonies got battered and several broke off. So I brought some of the flowers into the house for a vase, and the scent was heavenly!

Then I got thinking… if you can make rose-petal jelly, why not peony? And preserve that wonderful fragrance for an autumn teatime treat…

After googling a little, I found peonies are edible, but I could only find one recipe online (on an inactive blog: imperfecturbanfarm.com).

I tried it, and this was my adapted version:

  • 3 cups petals, washed and shaken dry
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups jam sugar (i.e. sugar with pectin in it)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • Jam jars for up to 650ml

Pour the boiling water over the petals and leave to steep for 6 hours. Strain through a fine muslin cloth. Add lemon juice and rose water. Heat to boiling point, add sugar and cook on a rolling boil for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Fill your sterilised jam jars to the brim, and seal.

So far so good. The verdict as I licked the spoon: exactly as I had imagined; a little rosy but with the distinct aroma of peonies. Very tasty! Sweet and tart. Flowery. Scented. June in a jar! I could imagine this on toast with some tasty cheese and ripe autumn pears…

BUT…

… 24 hours later the jelly was still not set. Completely runny in fact! So I tried to rescue it by boiling it up again and adding some pectin and citric acid…  A horrible mistake! It ruined the flavour! 😦

It looked so pretty, and here’s a picture of it in its runny state…

I think my best peonies are now losing their scent, so I will shelve this until next year and perhaps try again…

Or maybe someone will refine the recipe and let me know how it worked out… any jam experts out there?

😉

P.S. I’ll be posting some tried and tested (i.e. successful!) jam recipes in a few days!

26 thoughts on “White Peony Jelly? Maybe…

  1. What a great idea. (Sorry, I’m no jam expert.) My early blooming peony has already dropped all its petals more than a week past, but still waiting for the other to form buds. Our weather has turned kind of ugly, so that may be delaying it.

  2. I have seen lots of my gardening friends here write about peonies wrecked by rain this past week. I hope lots of them read this!!

  3. I think it’s amazing that you even thought of making jam from Peonies… and incredible that you tried! 🙂 The jars are very pretty, so I hope you find a recipe that works. Thanks for sharing.

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