Lilacs are plentiful at this time of the year; they are a Maine classic. Lilacs are lovely; they smell wonderful…even if they do make me sneeze a bit…they are such a solid sign spring is here, and the nice weather will be around for a while. What I did not know you could make an edible jelly out of lilacs. I was on Facebook this weekend when I noticed my friend and one of the nicest humans you could ever meet, Erin Fletcher, had made a couple of batches of lilac jelly. Wait…what?

Yes, jelly that is made from lilac flowers. Erin shared the recipe she used from commonsencehome.com. I have to admit, and it looked easy enough that even I was tempted to run out and collect some lilacs and give it a go. It is basic canning, and other than the pectin, most people would have all the ingredients needed. I even learned you could candy the flowers with a bit of egg white and sugar. 

Erin said the darker the flower, the darker the jelly. The recipe from commonsencehome.com commented that the light flowers make a yellow jelly and to use flowers that have not been sprayed with chemicals and not growing along a road so that they are cleaner from the start. But the big question is, how does it taste? Well, I did not make any myself, but Erin said it tastes a bit like honey. Yum.

Do you still have some excellent-looking lilacs? Grab some and make some jelly. Let me know what you think.

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