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Blueberry & Lavender Jam Recipe

Blueberry & Lavender Jam Recipe

I know that most people do not associate lavender with food. It’s one of those herbs heavily used in aromatherapy and skincare However, when used with the right foods and in the right amount, it imparts a light floral, yet nutty flavor to dishes

Blueberry and lavender jam recipe with fresh Lavender buds and sweet honey. Lavender adds a light floral and almost nutty flavor to this fruity jam.

love blueberry jam. It’s by far the most popular preserve consumed in my home. I mix blueberries with apples and peaches in jams as well. One of my favorite things to do is pair herbs with fruit to help accentuate the fruit’s flavor. Last year, I discovered that lavender, of all things, tastes lovely with blueberries. This is my recipe for blueberry and lavender jam.

I know that most people do not associate lavender with food. It’s one of those herbs heavily used in aromatherapy and skincare. However, when used with the right foods and in the right amount, it imparts a light floral, yet nutty flavor to dishes. I also used honey as the sweetener in this jam. Honey pairs well with lavender as well as blueberries. You may substitute natural cane sugar for the honey if you prefer.

Blueberry & Lavender Jam Recipe

The ingredients you’ll need to make blueberry and lavender jam are simple and delicious. It also needs no sugar, instead using honey as the main sweetener. This recipe makes three half-pints but can be scaled up to make more.

  • 1 quart fresh or frozen blueberries (1½ pounds / 680 g)
  • 8 oz / 227 g honey
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh CCL ENGLISH LAVENDER BUDS 

Equipment needed

*The water bath canner is required for making jam that can be stored on the shelf for up to 12 months. You can make this recipe without it but the jam will need to be refrigerated and consumed within a month.

Grind the lavender in a mortar and pestle to release its aromatic flavor

Step 1: Prepare the Lavender

The first step to make blueberry and lavender jam is to grind the lavender buds in a mortar and pestle. Set aside. If you are planning to process the jam to make them shelf-stable, go ahead and sterilize 3 half-pint canning jars (with rings and lids) and prepare a water bath canner

Step 2: Cook the Berries

Put the small glass bowls in the freezer. Add the blueberries, honey, lemon juice, and zest in a large, wide skillet. I find that using a wide skillet for small-batch jams speeds up the cooking time. As the blueberries cook down, mash them with the back of a large spoon. This step is optional; it depends on how chunky you prefer your jams. This blueberry and lavender jam recipe is great with noticeable pieces of berries or smooth and spreadable.

Scrape the foam off the jam before bottling it

Step 3: Bring the Jam to the Setting Point

As the jam cooks, it will start to foam. Scrape the form off as it continues to cook. The foam doesn’t affect the integrity of the jam, but it does make the jam less attractive. Don’t throw it out—it’s edible!

Place the foam in a cup and use it on top of ice cream once it cools. It makes a delicious special treat. Jam sets at around 105c (220F). If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can use the “freezer test” to see if your blueberry and lavender jam has set.

Test the setting point of blueberry and lavender jam on a cold plate

Step 4: Test the Setting Point

As your jam starts to thicken, remove one of the ceramic or glass bowls from the freezer and place a spoonful of jam on it. Put it back into the freezer for two or three minutes. Pull the dish out of the freezer and gently nudge the jam with the tip of your finger. If it wrinkles a bit when pushed, it is done. If not, continue cooking the jam a few minutes more and test again. While you are testing, remove the jam from the heat so you don’t accidentally overcook it.

Blueberry and lavender jam is intensely fruity and floral

Step 5: Process the Jam in a Water Bath

Once the jam has set, turn off the heat, add the lavender, and mix. Pour the blueberry and lavender jam into three half-pint jars, add rings and lids, and process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. If you are not planning to process the jars, let them cool to room temperature, then refrigerate. Enjoy your jam on toast, muffins, scones, vanilla ice cream, or by the spoonful. Make a few extra jars to give as gifts.

Spread blueberry and lavender jam over cakes, desserts, or simple toast

By Tanya Anderson