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Lilac Jelly

Lilacs Blooming

It’s late spring and the lilacs are blooming like crazy around here. They really are one of my favorite flowers. Their fragrance fills the air as I sit outside on my porch and listen to the birds each morning. Did you know lilacs are New Hampshire’s state flower? People are very proud of their lilacs here, and you can find them everywhere. One of my favorite spring time treats is flower jelly. You can make it with any edible flowers, though some taste better than others. Forsythia, dandelions (my favorite), violets, and lilacs! (Just to name a few)

Lilac Petals in Water

Start with 4 cups of packed petals. I used a mixture of purple and white, you can use whatever colors you have! Try to get as much green off as you can. Bring 6 cups f water to a boil, and cover the petals with the water. I let it sit in the fridge for a day. The petals will tend to turn brown, don’t worry! It’s just what they do. You are essentially making a  flower tea here.

Lilac Tea in My Jam Pot

Strain all the petals out of the water using cheesecloth. Then bring the flower tea to a boil with a Tablespoon or two of lemon juice, a box of pectin (my favorite is the Low Sugar Sure-Jell, in the pink box), and 5 cups of sugar. Bring it to a full boil, then test to see if it will set. I put a few spoons in a jar in the fridge for a bit, it becomes obvious quickly if it will set right or not. If it is still loose, boil it a bit more.

Once you get it to the setting stage, put into clean, sanitized jars, and process in a water bath for 6 minutes.

The color is not purple at all, as you can see, but sort of a pinky tan. It’s lightly floral and tastes just lovely.


Lilac Jelly!

Lilac Jelly

A sweet, floral jelly made from fresh lilac blossoms
Course Jelly/Jam


  • 4 cup lilac blossoms
  • 6 cup water
  • 5 cup sugar
  • 1-2 Tbls. lemon juice
  • 1 box pectin I prefer the low sugar Sure-Jell in the pink box


  • Put lilac blossoms in a bowl. Bring water to boil and cover lilacs with it. Let sit 24 hours.
  • Strain off water into a pot.
  • Bring this "tea" to boil with the remaining ingredients.
  • Once ready to jar up, but into clean, sterilized jars and water bath process for 6 minutes.
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3 Comment

    1. It is delightful! Lightly floral, and super yummy! My favorite is dandelion jelly, but I’ll have to wait until the next batch of them flower.

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