Barbara shares her recipe and more of her eating weeds jelly adventures:
… while we were out picking the kudzu blossoms – the sweet smell of the Maypops was SO awesome!!! I wondered … Are they edible???? I came home and began researching. I discovered they are not only edible … but the Maypop (which is where Passion flower comes from) is VERY widely used in herbal medicines. The flowers, stems & maypop fruit are almost all good for something! So I found the recipe and the next time we went out to the farm … we picked maypops!
Maypop Jelly Recipe by Barbara Bagley Shanks
2 cups ripe maypops, sliced (I only used the pulp after peeling off the outer rind – as the outer green parts had gotten dark with a moldy look)
1 cup water
2-1/2 cups sugar
1-3/4 ounces pectin
Combine the maypops and water, and boil gently for 5 minutes. Then strain, discarding the pulp. Combine the liquid and sugar and bring to full rolling boil. Add pectin, and again bring to rolling boil. Remove from heat, pour into hot, sterilized jars, and seal.
Makes 2-1/2 pints.
(I made a double recipe of this with out problems. But I DID use the cold spoon in a bowl of ice cubes test before pouring up into jars. And … I did the hot water bath method that the recipe doesn’t really call for.)*
*See the Kudzu Blossom Jelly Recipe special note for further instructions.