Fireweed jelly is made with the fireweed wildflower. Learn how to make fireweed jelly, a special treat to enjoy and share.

Fireweed is a flowering herbaceous perennial and wildflower, which blooms from July to September.

Fireweed flowers are commonly seen growing in areas that have been disturbed, such as land burned from forest fire, thus the name-fireweed.

Fireweed jelly is made from freshly picked fireweed blossoms.This jelly is a popular one in areas where fireweed grows freely and abundantly.

To make a batch of fireweed jelly you will first need to pick some fireweed flowers.You can find fireweed flowers growing in open fields and along road sides.

When picking fireweed, make sure that you choose a patch that is free of chemicals. Choose an area that is free of herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals from road runoff.

All parts of the fireweed plant are edible. For the purpose of making fireweed jelly, you will be harvesting the flowers.

Harvest about four cups of fireweed flowers for the jelly recipe. Cut the flowers at the top of each stem, leaving behind the side shoots for later flowering.

*4 cups fireweed *4 cups boiling water *2 tbsp lemon juice *1 tbsp butter *7.5 cups sugar *2 envelopes liquid pectin


Pour boiling water over the fireweed blossoms, and allow the blossoms to steep in the hot water for at least ten minutes.

Strain the flowers from the liquid using a fine sieve, and add to a pot with sugar, butter, and lemon juice. Bring to a rolling boil for one minute, and then remove from the heat.

Add the 2 packages of liquid pectin. Stir for five minutes to skim. Pour into sterilized mason jars, then water bath can for 10 minutes.

Allow the jelly to set at room temperature prior to storing. Avoid shaking the mason jars to check the set, although it is tempting.

I hope you get the chance to make some fireweed jelly this season. It is definitely worth it.

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