With spring comes rhubarb
A prairie winter gives way to an invigorating (and sometimes it seems sudden) spring, turning our yards, gardens, fields and wild spaces into wonderfully growing spaces. I love that the appearance of different flowers and garden produce mark the days, not in a calendar way, but in a special measuring of natures time within each year. It is dandelion, marsh marigold, asparagus and rhubarb time right now. It is rhubarb cake, rhubarb crisp, rhubarb pie, rhubarb relish and rhubarb jam time.
Making this very simple rhubarb jam brings me such fond memories of Alvera Wendell (Tim’s mother). As honey was always readily available in her house, Alvera cooked and baked with honey but in her eyes honey was also an all-purpose topping for other foods. Honey went in all kinds of beverages and topped a variety of foods from canned tomatoes to sauerkraut to ice-cream. We all miss you Gramma Wendell!
5 cups rhubarb
1 – 398 ml can crushed pineapple and juice
3 cups raw honey
1 – 170g pkg Strawberry Jello
Combine rhubarb, honey and pineapple.
Boil gently for 20 minutes.
Stir in Jello.
Stir until dissolved.
Pour in hot, sterilized jars and seal.
The set will be firmer when chilled.
Refrigerate after opening.
Great recipe, Is. Thanks for the “sweet” story too.
Thanks El! Hope it is rhubarb and asparagus time at your house too.
Just made this! I love how easy it was and using local honey and rhubarb. I probably used closer to 2 cups honey, but I was approximating the amounts because I couldn’t be bothered to cut the rhubarb into small enough pieces and I didn’t want to waste precious honey on the side of a measuring cup and it still turned out great – thanks for sharing!
Hi Susan. I love that you made this recipe your own…the right amount of sweetness for you. We are on our second batch of the year.
And egg noodles.
Yes! Honey on egg noodles!
What of you don’t have access to raw honey? Can I use regular, liquid honey?
Hello Deborah. I am sure that you could use any kind of sweetener, and just adjust the amount to your taste, as the Jello powder sets the jam. Wendell Estate Honey, or other mild flavoured honey, allows the fruit flavours to shine while stronger flavoured sweeteners would influence the flavour of the jam.
Can’t wait to make this!
It is so easy and so good!
Love this recipe ! Thanks Isabel
We love it to!