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Rose Petal Jelly

It can be hard to get enough of roses. We want to smell them, decorate with them, and even eat them. Rose jelly is sweet and floral, and is lovely on buttered bread. Make it with roses you grow yourself to be sure they're chemical free. You will need liquid pectin (to thicken the jelly) and rose water for flavor. These are available in most supermarkets. Refrigerate the jelly in jars for up to six months, or can it to enjoy the scent and flavor of roses year-round.

  • Yield: Makes 3 1/4 cups
Rose Petal Jelly

Photography: Lisa Hubbard

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2002


  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups unsprayed pink rose petals, thicker tissue at base of petals removed
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 ounces liquid pectin
  • 1 tablespoon rose water


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan; remove from heat. Add petals; cover, and steep for 30 minutes. Strain liquid into clean saucepan. Discard petals.

  2. Add sugar and lemon juice to pan. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring, over medium-high heat. Boil 2 minutes; add pectin, and boil 2 minutes (for firmer jelly, boil up to 2 minutes more). Remove from heat, add rose water. Pour into sterilized jars, and let cool completely. Store in refrigerator up to 6 months.


Reviews (1)

  • perdymama 8 Jul, 2011

    Love the flavor of this jelly! Made it twice, the first time it didn't set at all but the flavor was amazing I tried to reboil it to thicken but all I got was two less jars of my unset jelly as I had boiled it away. I made it again, thinking that the error was mine but the same thing happened when I tested it was still very thin. I added a second packet of pectin and that did the trick! Thick and delicious rose petal jelly!

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