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Lilac Jelly: How To Make Lilac Flower Jelly

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Try making this easy lilac flower jelly recipe and enjoy this unique floral treat all year long.

Flower jellies are so much fun to make! Each spring I enjoy making large batches of dandelion jelly, wild violet jelly and of course lilac jelly too.

Did you know lilac flowers are edible?

Yes really! They make a yummy jelly you just have to try.

Easy Lilac Jelly homemade flower jelly text overlaid on a collage image of light purple lilac flowers and jars of lilac jelly.

If you’re wondering what lilac jelly tastes like, it has a mildly floral taste that definitely isn’t overbearing. It’s lovely to enjoy on toast, biscuits, or even with crackers and cheese.

How To Make Lilac Jelly

Prepare The Flowers

Gathering lilac flowers to make jelly.
Freshly picked lilac flowers

The first thing you’ll need to do of course is to go and gather your lilac flowers.

You can use any color of lilacs, the flavor should be the same but the color of the finished jelly will be a little different if you use light or dark purple, or even white lilac flowers.

Make sure to gather your flowers in a clean area that hasn’t been sprayed with any nasty chemicals.

After you’ve cut some nice bows of lilac flowers, you need to pull the petals off to separate the green parts of the flowers.

The green leaves and stems can make your jelly very bitter so trust me just pull off the petals!

They are actually really easy to separate so this step goes pretty fast.

Make Lilac Tea

Once you have 2 cups of packed flower petals it’s time to make the lilac tea. This is sometimes also called lilac infused water.

Lilac Flowers Ready To Make Jelly
Lilac flower petals ready to steep.

Pour the flower petals into a quart sized canning jar, then pour about 4 cups of boiling water over them. You’ll want the water to come up to the neck of the jar.

Steeping lilac flowers to make tea for jelly.
The color changes from light yellow to dark yellow the longer the lilac tea steeps.

Cover the jar and let it sit until it cools down. Then place it in the fridge overnight to continue steeping.

The next day when you’re ready, strain the flowers well and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

Measure out 3 1/2 to 4 cups of liquid and pour it into a large pot. If you are short on lilac tea, you can use water to make up the difference.

Cooking lilac jelly
Cooking lilac jelly.

Add the 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1 pouch of powdered pectin and bring the mixture to a boil.

When it starts to boil add in the 4 cups of sugar and stir it well and return to a boil.

Allow the mixture to boil for 1 to 2 minutes and remove from the heat.

Canning lilac jelly
Ladle jelly into canning jars.

Pour the jelly into hot canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace.

Run a spatula around the inside edge to remove any air bubbles. Then wipe the edges of the jars clean, and place on the lids and rings finger tight.

Place the jars into a water bath canner and process for 10 minutes or according to your altitude.

Remove the jars from the canner and place them on a towel in a draft-free place. Let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours to let the seal harden.

Any jars that haven’t sealed after 24 hours need to be reprocessed or refrigerated.

Easy lilac jelly recipe
Yumm, homemade lilac jelly ready to eat or gift.

This is definitely a wonderful flower jelly you must try when your lilac bushes are flowering!

Yield: 6 cups

Lilac Jelly

Simple Lilac Jelly Recipe

Try making this easy lilac flower jelly recipe and enjoy this unique floral treat all year long!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of packed lilac blossoms, leaves and stems removed.
  • 3-4 cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1 pouch powdered pectin

Instructions

  1. Cut the lilac flowers from your tree, then remove the flower petals until you have 2 cups of firmly packed blossoms.
  2. Add the blossoms to a quart-sized canning jar and cover to the jar neck with boiling water. Cover the jar and let it cool, then place in the fridge overnight to steep.
  3. The next day strain the flowers, pressing or squeezing to remove as much liquid as possible. You should have 3 1/2 to 4 cups of liquid, make up the difference with water.
  4. Pour the lilac tea into a large pot, add the lemon juice and pectin and bring it to a boil.
  5. When it’s boiling add the sugar, stirring until it has dissolved and return the mixture to a full boil for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, skim off any foam and ladle into jars.

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Easy lilac jelly. Have you tried this yummy homemade flower jelly? Text overlaid on top of a collage image of light purple lilac flowers and jars of jelly sitting on a wooden table.
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Rach

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Could you replace the sugar with honey? 4 cups of sugar just seems like a lot!1

Cindy

Monday 1st of June 2020

Have made 5 batches now. Wonderful easy recipe. Question: can you mix fruit into the flower tea say, blueberry with lilac?

Jessica

Sunday 31st of May 2020

My first time making jelly. I’m not getting the runny part. Does it go jelly over time? I feel lost. Lol

Kim

Monday 1st of June 2020

Yes, it can take a few days for it to fully set sometimes. But there are many reasons why jelly doesn't set. You can see them here as well as how to fix it.

Lynn

Saturday 30th of May 2020

Your lilac jelly is yellow rather than pink like I've seen from other lilac jelly recipe sites. Your recipe seems to follow the same steps. I'm confused if I'm missing something.

Kim

Monday 1st of June 2020

Hi Lynn, the color will be a bit different depending on the color of your lilac flowers. Lilacs come in dark purple, light purple, white, red, and bicolor. The ones I grow are a very light purple color. Some people also add food coloring to make their jellies a brighter color.

Rachael

Monday 22nd of April 2019

Which do you prefer: violet, lilac or dandelion jelly. Are they much different in flavor? Have you made redbud jelly?