I am consistently amazed when projects I try actually work. When I bought rosella seeds, having no idea what rosella actually was, I didn't think any would grow. When some did grow, I thought, well, they won't flower. When they did flower I said to myself, oh there won't be enough to make jam. And when I was making the jam in my mind I was thinking, well the jam won't set.
It just goes to show that I should never listen to myself, because I've obviously got no idea.
Good looking people, yes that's you - I made JAM! And not just any jam, but sweet, delicious Rosella jam. And with only 400 grams of rosella flowers. I am practically Nigella, only without all the money. Or that thing she has going on with the camera, I don't think I could do that.
Want to know how it's done?
Pick your rosellas after they have flowered. Three weeks I believe is the recommended time; I would recommend doing it when you have the time and inclination to make jam.
Separate the red calyxs (the outer part) from the seed pods. They just peel off. Cover the seed pods with water and boil for around 15 minutes until soft and kind of jelly-like on the outside.
Put your red calyxs into a large pot.
Add the seed pod water to the red calyxs, using a strainer. Because I had such a small amount of rosellas, I squished the pods right into the strainer to get as much of the water as I could, because it's the seed pods that make the pectin that sets the jam.
Discard the seed pods.
Add sugar to equal the amount of red calyxs, i.e. one cup of calyxs equals one cup of sugar. I also added two peeled and chopped apples, because I had such a small amount of rosellas.
Add the juice of one lemon (I used a lemonade, it was all I had and it worked fine).
Bring red calyxs, apples, sugar and lemon to the boil, and stir! Periodically check for setting by chilling a plate in the freezer and placing a small amount of jam mixture on the cold plate. Let it cool for a few seconds and then push it with your finger. If it wrinkles up then you have jam.
Bottle into sterilized jars and impress all your friends.