Kudzu Jelly

Kudzu's purple blooms appear in the fall. They have a grape-like aroma. Beware that there is pollen in the blooms. The jelly is a lavender-pink jewel-tone shade with an aroma of apple or plum jelly.

Recipe Ingredients

2 cups firmly packed kudzu blossoms
4 1/2 cups water
4 or 5 cups granulated sugar
1 box Sure Jell (fruit pectin)

Method

  1. Rinse the freshly gathered kudzu blossoms.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the blossoms and water to a boil. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes, until blossoms are faded in color and the liquid is a deep lavender color.
  3. Strain in a colander and discard the blossoms.
  4. Pour liquid through a jelly bag or cheesecloth.
  5. Use 4 cups of the kudzu liquid with sugar and fruit pectin, following instructions on pectin package.

Yield: about 6 cups jelly