Jam made with rose water, cherries and chia seeds: Inspired by the deliciously simple ‘jam’ made as part of our breakfasts at a Rose Retreat in Bulgaria last year. Our incredible chef Sarah and her partner Andreas spent a considerable amount time de-stoning fresh cherries that happen to be in season around the time of the rose retreat!
Recipe: I made this version with some frozen cherries I had in the freezer, simply add the following to a blender*:
- a table spoon of chia seeds,
- a cup of cherries,
- a table spoon of rose water,
…whizz for a minute or two. Leave to ‘set’, or more accurately, let the chia seeds absorb the moisture in the cherries (fresh or frozen will have enough water content) for about an hour leaving a slightly gloopy, jammy texture – if it’s too runny for you, add a few more chia seeds.
Ingredients: You can purchase organic rose water suitable for using in foods from my web shop here: Organic Rose Water. Alternatively, you can add rose petals from your garden to the mix, make sure they have not been sprayed with any chemical insecticides or fungicides etc. Cherries from your local fruit supplier. Chia seeds from Healthy Supplies.
Health: Suitable to support people cutting down or removing sugar from their diet, or generally wanting to eat yummy, healthy food, since you only need fruit and chia seeds – regular jam is usually made with a great deal of sugar, but the fruit alone can taste sweet enough.
Shelf life: Can be kept in the fridge and will last a few days, (the huge amount of refined sugar is what allows for the long shelf life of regular jam, but since we have freezers now, we don’t need to preserve our foods to keep us alive through winter.
Tips: Use any fruit you like in place of the cherries and the rose water is not essential but certainly gives a floral twist. You could try blackberries when they are in season with a hint of lavender water. Be aware that different fruits will have different water content, and determine how runny or thick the jam becomes, so add more chia seeds for a thicker consistency.
- You may like to add a little sweetener for taste such as maple syrup or honey.
- *If you don’t have a blender just mash the fruit and mix with the chia seeds.
Rose Lovers: If you love roses, you may like to find out more about a Rose Retreat, which takes place in Bulgaria at the end of May, during the rose harvest. As well as visiting fields of scented roses, a rose essential oil distillery and mineral spa, our workshops and meals are all themed around roses… and will surely include rose cherry chia jam, rose scented panna cotta, rose harissa and rose petal teas & salads!