Lilac Flower Jelly | A Delightful Floral Jelly

Lilac flower jelly has a slightly floral taste and is served with warm bread or cheeses. This easy to make recipe will quickly become a favorite for gifting. However, consuming lilac flower jelly during the winter months is a reminder that Spring is around the corner.

lilac flower jelly

Lilac flower jelly, who would have thought?

Edible flowers have been enjoyed as a food item since the beginning of time. However, the ability to create a delightful jelly out of them is just as incredible. Though, I highly doubt that Ma Ingalls considered preserving lilac flowers by way of making jelly.

Make sure to use lilac blossoms which are slightly open or have just opened. This allows for the true flavor of the blossoms to shine. Older or closed flower buds contain little to no flavor. With this said, harvest blossoms which have not been sprayed with chemicals. Also, refrain from harvesting blossoms close to busy roads and freeways.

But it doesn’t stop with making just jelly. Flavor kombucha using lilac flower simple syrup.

Lilac Flower Jelly – Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh Lilac Blossoms
  • 4 cups boiling Water
  • 1/4 cup bottled Lemon Juice
  • 4 cups organic granulated Sugar
  • 1 box SureJell pectin

Lilac Flower Jelly – Instructions

This is a two step recipe. Make sure to schedule the appropriate time for completion.

Lilac Flower Tea

  1. Separate the lilac blossoms from flower bundle, making sure to remove as much of the green end as possible.
  2. Pack lilac blossoms into a 1/2 gallon mason jar. Add boiling water and allow tea to steep for a minimum of 6 hours. However, steeping the tea overnight creates a better flavor.
  3. With a fine mesh sieve, separate the blossoms from the tea, pressing down on the blossoms to extract as much of the tea as possible.

Lilac Flower Jelly

  1. Add 4 cups steeped lilac flower tea to a heavy bottom non-reactive pot; bring to a boil
  2. Next, add lemon juice and box pectin. Stir often and bring to a boil.
  3. Finally, add sugar and bring to hard boil.
  4. Skim and discard any foam which forms.
  5. Process jars for 10 minutes in a hot water bath or steam canner.

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Lilac Flower Jelly

Keyword: lilac flower jelly
Servings: 4 half pint jars


  • 3 cup fresh Lilac Blossoms, discard any greens
  • 4 cups boiling Water
  • 1/4 cup bottled Lemon Juice
  • 4 cups organic granulated Sugar
  • 1 box jelly Pectin, Sure Jell


Lilac Blossom Tea

  • Pack lilac blossoms into a half gallon mason jar, making sure to leave out leaves and green ends.
  • Add boiling water and cover mason jar with a clean dishcloth. Allow tea to steep up to 6 hours. Steeping the tea overnight creates a better infusion. To steep overnight place the tea into the refrigerator.
  • Using a fine mesh sieve, strain tea. Make sure to press the blossoms to release any tea from the flowers.

Lilac Blossom Jelly

  • Add 4 cups steeped lilac flower tea to a non-reactive or heavy bottom pot. Bring bring to a boil.
  • Next, add lemon juice and powdered pectin. Bring to a boil.
  • Finally, add sugar, stirring often to prevent scorching. Bring mixture to a hard boil for 2 minutes. Remove and discard any foam.
  • Ladle jelly into 1/2 pint mason jars. Wipe rims, add lid and rings. Processing using a hot water bath or steam canner for 10 minutes. Add time based on high elevations.


  1. A low sugar pectin may be used in substitute for regular pectin.
  2. Honey may also be used in substitution for sugar. However, the jelly may not set with this substitution.
  3. Make sure to remove as much of the green from the blossom end as possible. This helps to prevent the jelly from becoming bitter in flavor. 

This is a preserving recipe which should be canned each and every spring. Enjoy it!

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  1. Susan says

    I made Lilac jelly for the first time this year a couple of weeks ago. It is really delicious. I also made lilac infused water! I will be making it again next year! Love to read your blog!

  2. Alexandra says

    I made this jelly this morning. I actually made the tea a few days ago and froze it as I didn’t have time to do the whole process at once. It’s a gorgeous Amber colour, thanks for sharing the recipe. I also love your blog and Facebook .

  3. April says

    What a great idea! i already make dandelion jelly but I have two beautiful lilac trees, however they bloomed last month and are now finished. I love your site by the way,

  4. jeanine McClure says

    question–you said you can steam can it for 10 minutes, but it doesn’t indicate what pressure to get to? is it 10lbs for 10 minutes? or different?

  5. Patti says

    What exactly do you consider the blossom? Like as soon as it blooms or just before? I’ve been on a dandelion jelly with elderberry kick and want to try this !

  6. Christina says

    I made this jelly yesterday. Turned out wonderful! However, I find this way too sweet! Is there a way that I can dial it down a notch?


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