How To Make Rowan Berry Jam

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Ingredients: Rowan Berry Jam Recipe

Photo of Rowan Berries1 lb / 500 grams of rowan berries (also known as mountain ash / sorbus aucuparia,)
1 lb / 500 grams of apples (cooking apples tend to work best, or a mixture of cookers and strong-flavoured eaters)
1 lb / 500 grams of white sugar (ideally this would be granulated, as opposed to caster sugar)
1/2 lemon
8 fl oz / 250 ml of tap water

Method - What To Do

Harvest the 1 lb of rowan berries and remove the stalks. Give the berries a quick rinse and then add them into your preserving saucepan. Wash, peel, core and cut up the apples, and add these pieces to the pan, together with the tap water.

Boil the rowan berries and apple for 30 minutes, so that both are softened and beginning to pulp. When the fruit reaches this stage, take the saucepan off the heat and rub this cooked fruit through a sieve, to separate the pips and the skins of the rowan berries.

Place this apple and rowan berry puree back into the saucepan and combine with the sugar. Squeeze over the juice of half a lemon and keep stirring until the sugar dissolves and is no longer visible. Return your preserving pan to the stove and boil. Allow the jam mixture to boil for ten to 15 minutes, until it appears to have formed a syrup. It is best to stay close by, so that you can stir on a regular basis to prevent burning.

By now, it is quite likely that your jam is ready to set. It is sensible to test this by placing a spoonful onto a plate that has previously been chilled. If it starts to set within a minute, sticking to the plate and forming a skin, you can be confident that your rowan berry jam will set well. Otherwise, continue boiling and test some more.

As soon as you are confident that your jam has reached a setting point, take the pan off the heat for the last time and if there is any scum floating on its surface, skim this off or stir in some butter to help it disperse. Finally, spoon your rowan berry jam into its glass jars. The jars can be sterilised in advance by boiling, baking in an oven or washing on a hot cycle in a dishwasher.

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