Kudzu Blossom Jelly

You can only use the dark purple flowers. You pick the stems, go home & pick off just the darkest purple blooms.Hi there sweet ladies!  I wanted to send you the recipes to my latest “Eating Weeds” …  jelly adventures.  The Kudzu Blossom Jelly and the Maypop Jelly are both simply delicious!!!  Bill’s mom has always made Kudzu Blossom Jelly.  It is a Shanks family tradition.  Since she recently had to be placed in a Rehab facility … it looked like no one was going to make the jelly this year.  So … I couldn’t let them down :-)  It was HARD WORK … but so worth it!!!

You can only use the dark purple flowers. You pick the stems, go home & pick off just the darkest purple blooms.Hi there sweet ladies! I wanted to send you the recipes to my latest “Eating Weeds” … jelly adventures. The Kudzu Blossom Jelly and the Maypop Jelly are both simply delicious!!! Bill’s mom has always made Kudzu Blossom Jelly. It is a Shanks family tradition. Since she recently had to be placed in a Rehab facility … it looked like no one was going to make the jelly this year. So … I couldn’t let them down 🙂 It was HARD WORK … but so worth it!!!

Kudzu Blossom Jelly – A Shank Family Tradition by Barbara Bagley Shanks

4 cups kudzu blossoms 
4 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 package pectin
5 cups sugar
4-6 half-pint jars & lids, sterilized and kept hot 

Kudzu blossoms are ready to be picked the end of July through the beginning of September. If you live in an area with an abundance of kudzu vines you will know when the flowers are in bloom from the sweet grape like aroma in the air. Use scissors to cut the flowering stem off the vine. Be careful to cut only blossoms that have not been sprayed with any type of chemicals. Many kudzu vines found along the side of the road are sprayed each year by the county to try and kill them. Also wear gloves when gathering blossoms. I had a big spider land on my hand once while picking my flowers for jelly. I have worn gloves ever since then. Pull ONLY the dark, fragrant purple blossoms off the stem until you have 4 cups. Wash blossoms thoroughly to remove bugs or stems.

Kudzu Blossom Jelly

Kudzu Blossom Jelly

Place blossoms in large bowl and pour boiling water over them. Stir and set in refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight. Liquid will be grayish in color. Strain liquid and discard blossoms. Pour liquid in a medium pot. Add lemon juice, pectin, and sugar. The lemon juice will turn the gray liquid a bright purple. Bring jelly to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and skim off foam. Pour jelly into hot sterilized jars and seal. Process jelly in boiling water bath for 7 minutes.

Store in a cool, dark place. If jelly does not thicken properly the kudzu mixture can still be used as syrup for pancakes. This tends to happen to me if I try to double the recipe. But the syrup is just as tasty as the jelly.

*Special Note: If the batch doesn’t jelly, keep a tablespoon in a large bowl of ice cubes while you are boiling the mix. After you have reached a ROLLING boil where it almost boils over the pot … take a bit of the juice and drip it into the cold spoon. Set the spoon back on top of the ice cubes. If it sets up in a just a little while … your jelly will set. If not … KEEP BOILING!!! Seriously … Kudzu Blossom Jelly isn’t for the faint hearted. It is a LOT of work!!! But oh, so worth it!!!

 

 

  2 comments for “Kudzu Blossom Jelly

  1. Ljw
    August 31, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    My kudzu steep doesn’t smell good like grapes. Have I done something wrong?

    • Emily Hester
      September 7, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Sorry, but I’m not able to advise you on this.
      Emily

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