The early redbud blossoms are bitter and have a bean flavor - they are part of the legume family. But as the blossoms open they become sweeter and more floral. When the blossoms are in near to full bloom, it's time to pick for jelly.
- If you don't have 4 cups of redbud "juice", add water until you do and bring to rolling boil in a large pot.
- Add 1 package of Sure Jell and 1 T lemon juice. Bring back to a rolling boil that can't be stirred down.
- Let boil 1 minute and then add 5 cups sugar and 1 T butter. Bring back to a rolling boil that can't be stirred down.
- Let boil 1 minute, turn off burner.
It's not too late to pick...enjoy a light floral flavor and beautiful color!
Image credit: Cale Ruiz