How to Make Rose Petal Jelly

A glass bowl of pink rose petals from wild rose bushes

Rose are so beautiful and have such a delightful scent, but did you know the petals are edible? These step-by-step instructions will help you turn fragrant rose petals into a delightful spread for your morning toast or your afternoon tea time. Learn how to make rose jelly from scratch with this delicious rose petal jelly recipe.

Rose petal jelly recipe

Have you ever made rose petal jelly or syrup? It's so simple to make from wild rose petals or from the roses in your own yard. 

Here's how to forage for rose petals, which plants to avoid, and how to make this sweet old-fashioned jelly.

I've wanted to make rose petal jelly for several years, but for one reason or another I never have. But last weekend I resolved that I would walk out to our little thicket of wild roses, gather enough rose petals and make a batch of this sweet, old-fashioned jelly.

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The Chief insisted I take a "snake stick" so I could flush out any reptiles, but all I saw was a scared bunny that scampered off at the sight of me. 

I crossed deer tracks in two places - that was a very large deer judging by the size of the prints - and I saw evidence that our neighbors' cows have come calling recently.

Wild rose thicket with green leaves and pink roses.

How to forage for rose petals

Wild roses grow all along the roads here, but please don't use these flowers (or any other plants) that grow on the roadside. 

Emissions from car exhaust systems and lead in the soil have ruined these plants for anything other than their visual beauty.

Also be sure to use flowers from plants that haven't been treated with herbicides or pesticides. I know the plants on my own land haven't been sprayed and are far from the road, so they are safe to use in this recipe.

A 5-petaled pink wild rose blossom with yellow center

This wild rose thicket is huge this year because of all the rain we've had. I've never seen so many roses. These are little six-petaled pink blossoms, not the domesticated roses we grow in our yards.

But you can use rose petals from the cultivated rosebushes in your yard, if you wish. Again, don't use flowers if you've sprayed pesticides or other chemicals.

The summer air was buzzing with the noise of many bees on the day I walked out to the rose thicket. I'm so thankful for the wild pollinators. 

A honeybee hovering over several pink roses, with green foliage in the background.

I felt a bit bad about taking the flowers with so many bees around, but I left the centers of the flowers, where the pollen is. 

There were many, many flowers and buds left when I had filled my basket and walked back home.

Pink wild rose petals in a white and pink teacup.

Back in the house I sifted through the petals and pulled out a few small leaves and an ant. 

I'd gathered four cups of leaves, lightly packed in the measuring cup. That's enough for two batches of rose petal jelly.

I'd saved a carton of squat, half-pint jars to use for this jelly. I washed the jars and set them aside while I made the jelly.

What you'll need to make rose petal jelly

To make rose petal jelly, you'll need:

  • 2 cups of fresh rose petals
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • juice of one lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 box of pectin

Pouring a jar of water into the pan of rose petals.

How to make rose petal jelly

To begin, add the rose petals and filtered water to a pot. 

Turn on the heat and simmer gently for ten minutes. As it simmers, the color of the petals washes out and they get very pale. 

After ten minutes, pour through a strainer to remove the spent rose petals. Return the juice to the pot. The rose petals can go on your compost pile.

Add most of the sugar, reserving about 1/4 cup. Stir the juice so the sugar dissolves.

Next, add the lemon juice. Interestingly, the color of the juice changes when you do this. Let the lemon-and-rose-water simmer for another ten minutes.

Mix the reserved sugar with the powdered pectin, and add it all to the pot. 

Simmer the liquid for another 20 minutes, then ladle into sterilized jars. Add the lids and rings.

Looking down on six 4-oz jars of wild rose petal jelly in a waterbath canner.

How to water-bath can rose petal jelly

You can store your jars of jelly in the refrigerator for up to six months, or you can water-bath can it to give it a longer shelf life with no refrigeration needed. You'll find directions on canning jelly in this post.

This recipe makes about six 4-ounce jars. You can find these cute little canning jars here.

Rose petal jelly in two 4-oz canning jars on a white lace-covered tabletop.

How marvelous will this be spooned onto hot, homemade biscuits in the middle of winter? Or spread on dinner rolls or toasted English muffins? I don't think I'll wait until winter to find out.

More flower jellies you can make

Did you know that roses aren't the only flowers you can turn into jelly? You might want to try these as well:

Harvest Apple Jelly (with directions on how to water-bath can jelly)
How to Make Fruit Juice for Jelly, plus my favorite jellies and jams

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You can preserve summer by making this sweet rose petal jelly.

How to make rose petal jelly and remember the beauty of summer no matter what time of year it is.


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