Lately I’ve been on a rose high, especially after attending a workshop on the healing essence of rose. The “queen of flowers,” roses bud, bloom and fade. The rose grows entirely unaware, changing naturally from one state to another. Vulnerable, roses are open to all the elements that may treat them cruelly. However, roses know nothing of their fate and continue to their end without judgement of their beauty. Roses radiate love, beauty and elegance, yet they remind us of how fleeting life can be. They remind me to live in full awareness of the power of each moment, so each time I inhale their fragrance and admire their grace I melt into gratitude. Gratitude reminds me that I am alive and to honor and nourish my body fully so I can be present to life and those around me. With that said, I was inspired to use one of my favorite ingredients, rose water in this blueberry jam. By now most of us know the powerful healing benefits of blueberries, but just in case you forgot here are a few reminders.
If you care about longevity then blueberries should be included in your physical nourishment regularly. These gorgeous berries are not only sweet and tart, but they may prevent and slow down the progression of chronic disease. Yes please! Blueberries contain about 26 different anthocyanin species, the compounds that provide their hue and powerful health benefits. Countless studies show their anti-inflammatory and cardio-protective benefits, as well as positive neurocognitive and anticarconogenic effects. Blueberries are also rich in a type of fiber called “pectin” that feeds our gut microbiome and serves to naturally thicken foods. This makes blueberries perfect for making jam. While they do have some natural sugar, their fiber matrix prevents blood glucose spikes, while their antioxidant profile may actually improve insulin sensitivity.
For this recipe I used one packet of organic blueberries, but feel free to use frozen as well. Although it’s easy to devour the entire jam in one sitting, I somehow restrained myself and stored the rest in a sterilized mason jar. I did lick the spoon though!
I love to watch these berries bubble over and burst as they cook down, and hope you will enjoy making and eating this jam as much as I do. Enjoy!
1 packet organic blueberries
2 Tbsp rose water
1/4 tsp good quality maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
Place the blueberries in a saucepan along with the vanilla extract, maple syrup and sea salt. Bring to medium heat and allow the berries to slowly cook. It takes about 10 minutes or so until they start to break down and burst. After about 15 minutes turn off the heat and add the rose water. The fragrance alone will make your mouth water. Enjoy by the spoonful or spread the love onto yogurt, toast or any other way that makes you smile.
Happy & Healthy Cravings! 🙂