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Homemade Polish Rose Jam Recipe – Konfitura Różana

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A jar of Konfitura Różana with a silver spoon, surrounded by scattered pink rose petals on a marble surface, and a white lace cloth nearby.

Rose petal jam is one of the best Polish jams! This delicate preserve captures the essence of summer roses, transforming their fragrant petals into a delightful and versatile jam.

This article will guide you through the process of making your own homemade Polish rose petal jam, offering tips and variations to personalize your creation.

Here’s a video where I am showing how to make Polish rose jam step by step:

Choosing The Perfect Roses

Are all roses edible? No!

The key to a delicious rose petal jam lies in selecting the right flowers. Opt for organic, pesticide-free roses with vibrant colors and a strong, pleasant fragrance. Avoid roses from florists or gardens treated with chemicals. Ideally, select rose varieties known for their edible petals, such as Damask roses, Centifolia roses, or any variety specifically labeled for culinary use.

How To Make Polish Rose Jam At Home?

Step 1 – Pick The Flowers

You may select just petals when you are in the garden or pick the entire roses and remove the petals at home.

Step 2 – Preparing The Petals

A large metal bowl filled with pink rose petals on a wooden surface, next to a wooden pestle, a clear bowl with more petals, and a lemon slice—essential ingredients for crafting your own homemade rose jam.

Once you have your roses, gently remove the petals, discarding any blemishes or brown spots. You may also separate the soft petals from the white base at the bottom, as the base can be bitter.

Rinse the petals carefully in cool water to remove any dirt or worms. 

Step 3 – Mash The Petals With Sugar

Two images side by side. Left: Mixing bowl with rose petals and sugar. Right: Hand using a wooden spoon to mix the rose petals and sugar in the bowl for Homemade Rose Jam, also known as Konfitura Różana. Side-by-side images of a mixing bowl. Panel 3 shows chopped purple cabbage and salt, similar to preparing ingredients in a Konfitura Różana recipe, while panel 4 shows the cabbage mixture softened and mashed. Both panels have a wooden spoon.

This is the most time-consuming step! Using a pestle mash the petals with the sugar until you get the consistency of a jam. The process may take up to half an hour.

Alternatively, you may simply blend the petals with sugar.

Step 4 – Add Lemon Juice And Mash Again

It’s ok if you add lemon juice at the beginning, along with sugar. Make sure the juice is fresh, don’t use store-bought lemon juice!

Step 5 – Pasteurize The Jam

A wooden spoon stirs a pot of purple mixture on a stovetop with two burners, perfecting your homemade rose jam.

If you plan to eat your jam within 3 months, you may skip this step and simply place raw rose jam in a jar and keep it in the fridge.

For those of you who plan to use the jam in the winter (like me!), place the jam in the pot and cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring from time to time.

Pour hot jam into the jar, twist off, and place the jar upside down. That will help in the pasteurization process. Keep the jar in the cold place for a year or even more (to be honest, if pasteurized right, that jam may never go bad).

Is There Any Other Way To Make The Rose Petal Jam?

Yes! There are two other methods for making rose petal jam:

  • Simple Simmering: This method involves simmering the rose petals with sugar, lemon juice, and water until the mixture thickens to a jam-like consistency.
  • Overnight Infusion: This method involves layering the rose petals with sugar and leaving them to infuse overnight. The sugar draws out the natural flavors and juices from the petals. The mixture is then simmered briefly to achieve the desired consistency.

A jar of konfitura różana with a small spoon, surrounded by pink rose petals and flowers on a dark surface.

Can I Add Anything Else To This Polish Rose Jam?

While sugar and lemon juice are essential, you can personalize your jam by adding other ingredients for an extra layer of complexity. Here are some suggestions:

  • Fruits: Strawberries, raspberries, or even cherries can be added to the simmering mixture, creating a delightful fruit and rose petal combination.
  • Herbs: A touch of fresh mint or a sprig of lavender can add a subtle floral or herbal note to the jam.
  • Spices: A pinch of cardamom or a vanilla bean can introduce a warm and comforting flavor profile.

What Can I Use This Polish Rose Jam For?

Rose jam makes a perfect (and traditional!) filling for pączki Polish donuts. You can also use it for:

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Tips For Making Polish Rose Jam

I Have More/Less Rose Petals. What Can I Do?

It doesn’t really matter how many rose petals you have. Weight them, then add double the amount of sugar.

For this recipe, you need 10 oz of sugar because you have 5 oz of rose petals. It’s easy to calculate that you will need 20 oz of sugar for 10 oz of roses, etc.

Lemon juice is optional, so you may add more, less, or don’t add it at all.

Make The Rose Jam Thicker Or More Watery

You may add some water for more if you prefer a liquid consistency. If you prefer a firmer set, consider adding a small amount of pectin towards the end of the cooking process.

Homemade Polish Rose Jam Recipe – Konfitura Różana

Yield: 1 jar (8 oz / 250ml)

Homemade Polish Rose Jam Recipe - Konfitura Różana

A jar of konfitura różana with a small spoon, surrounded by pink rose petals and flowers on a dark surface.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 5oz (135g) of edible rose petals
  • 10 oz (270g) of sugar
  • juice of half a lemon


  1. Wash rose petals if they are not clean. Remove all the leaves and worms.
  2. Add sugar and crush the petals with a pestle until the entire sugar dissolves. It will take about 15-30 minutes. For a faster method, you can simply blend it.
  3. Add lemon juice and mash again.
  4. You may place raw rose jam in a jar and keep it in the fridge for a few months.
    If you want your jam to stay for a year or even longer, place it in a pot and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  5. Pour hot rose jam into the jar, twist off, and place the jar upside down. The pasteurized rose jam will be ok to eat for a year or even more.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 428Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 1gSugar: 77gProtein: 1g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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