Queen Anne’s Lace Flower Jelly – Pixie's Pocket (2024)

As I’ve discussed before, sometimes I think my neighbors must hate me for harboring a yard of unwanted pests and dingy weeds. We encourage our yard to be an eco-system, rife with native plants and insects…which in our neighbor’s world means “unmowed and disgusting!”

The truth is that we DO mow around the house to ensure that the native insects are at a decent radius from our doors and windows, but that we leave the edges of the yard a lunatic fringe of tall grasses, red clover, chicory, burdock, happy daisies, the tall, bobbing heads of Queen Annes Lace.

I’ve only recently come to know Queen Annes Lace as a plant with uses other than being homes for many tiny crab spiders and aphid-farming ants. I have read of her seeds’ efficiency as an alternative birth control method, learned that her tubers are edible in early spring and that infusions of her leaves can be taken for kidney and liver assistance, but none of these have been tried and tested in my home as of yet.

So I was terribly intrigued when I learned that you can make a delightful jelly from the flower heads of Queen Annes Lace, and I decided that I would make it as soon as I could.

I chose a lovely day, and after playing in the yard and tweaking the recipe to suit my mood and limited canning equipment, I made myself some lovely jars of pinkish flower jelly! I have already thought of many potential adaptations for this simple, citrusy, floral jelly the next time I prepare it. Maybe a couple of pink peppercorns thrown into the mix, or perhaps grapefruit, grated carrot or ginger.

The following guide assumes you have at least some knowledge or experience of canning with a hot water bath method.

Queen Annes Lace Flower Jelly Recipe

First, find a good-sized patch of flowers. Make sure it is really Queen Annes Lace, and not her cousin, Poisonous Water Hemlock. Queen Annes Lace has a hairy stem and the distinct, piney scent associated with aromatics in the carrot family. Poison Hemlock is smooth and smells gross when you rub the leaf. (Here are more identification tips!)

You’ll likely be competing with many insect friends whilst gathering the blossoms, so be prepared! You’ll need at least 20 flower heads to make 2 packed cups of Queen Anne’s Lace flowers.

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Give the flowers a good rinse (or soak for five minutes, if you need to) to ensure all of the buggies are no longer in residence.

Boil four cups of water in a medium to large pot. While the water is heating, trim the stems of the rinsed flowers all of the way to the base of the flower head. Breathe in deeply and enjoy…but note that the finished product is not as pungent as the fresh sap smells.

Toss in the flowerswhen the water is at a boil, stir, cover with a lid, and remove from heat.Allow the flowers to steepfor as long as you wish. I left mine for over an hour while I had lunch and a cold beer.

Strain the infusion. I used a layer of cheesecloth in a standard colander to make sure the little bits of petal and bug were all out. Toss out the spent flower heads.

Sterilize your jars!At this point, I placed my six 8 ounce jelly jars and their lids in a boiling water bath to sterilize while I prepared the lovely jelly.

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Ingredients

Prepare the following ingredients so that all is at hand:

  • 3 cups of the strained Queen Anne’s Lace Flower infusion
  • 3 1/2 cups of sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon, or 1/4 cup of bottled lemon juice
  • 1 packet of pectin (I used standard Sure-Jell)

Pour the infusion into a medium-sized cooking pot, and turn it up to a medium-high heat.

Add the lemon juice and the packet of pectin to the pot. Stir the mixture well, and often.

Pull out your jars, lids, and rings to dry while you allow the pot to come to a full, rolling boil.

Add the sugarand stir constantly until it returns to a rolling boil. Let it boil for one minute, and remove from heat.

Pour or ladlethe very hot jelly into the jars carefully.

Wipe the rimwith a clean cloth, and top each one with a sterilized lid.

Process your jarsas you wish. I use a hot water bath using the instructions given in the pectin box. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully, including adding extra time due to your altitude! My jars were in for ten minutes instead of five.

Let the jelly rest for 24 hours before you pick them up and wiggle them around! After that, it’s open game on flower jelly. It tastes like a light floral lemonade or grapefruit juice! It is excellent with a cup of tea and a toasted English muffin.

Recipe adapted from:
Foraging Foodie: http://www.foragingfoodie.net/index.html
The Wild Carrot – Queen Annes Lace: http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/queen.html

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Queen Anne’s Lace Flower Jelly – Pixie's Pocket (2024)

FAQs

What does the flower Queen Anne's lace mean? ›

Queen Anne's Lace has delicate lace-like flowers and is associated with beauty. The flower is sometimes referred to as 'bishops flower' and therefore it has become to symbolise sanctuary, safety and refuge.

What does Queen Anne's lace do to you? ›

CAUTION: May cause phytophotodermatitis where sap touches the skin and is exposed to sunlight; wear long sleeves if handling. Also can easily be confused with the native, yet deadly, poison hemlock.

What is a unique fact about Queen Anne's lace? ›

This plant is also known as Wild Carrot, Bee's Nest-plant, Devil's Plague, and Bird's-Nest, The latter name refers to the fact that, when mature, the umbrella-like cluster curls inward, resembling a bird's nest. Queen Anne's Lace is not native to the Adirondacks or to North America.

What is the poisonous plant that looks like Queen Anne's lace? ›

Poison-hemlock (Conium maculatum) is a wildflower that grows throughout the United States, and although its flowers are strikingly like those of Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota), you do not want to add this wildflower to your arrangements.

What is the legend of Queen Anne's lace? ›

The Legend says that while crafting away, Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle and a single drop of blood fell from her finger onto the lace, leaving the dark purple spot. This spot on the lace came to represent the bud at the “lace-like” center of the flower.

What does the Queen Anne's lace tattoo mean? ›

This flower is said to represent the labor of love, and the beauty that lies in its serenity. Queen Anne's lace symbolizes sanctuary, dreams, and protection.

What part of Queen Anne's lace is edible? ›

Queen Anne's Lace:

The white flower head is edible raw or lightly battered and fried. The seeds work well in soups and stews and can flavor tea, too. If you catch these plants early enough, you can eat the roots and leaves. These are indeed wild carrots, the ancestor of all cultivated carrots.

Is any part of Queen Anne's lace edible? ›

The entire Queen Anne's lace plant is edible and non-toxic. You can dry Queen Anne's lace seed heads and put them in tea. The roots are also edible—they resemble a cultivated carrot but are notably less flavorful. Take note that several Queen Anne's lace look-alikes are toxic and should be avoided.

Why is Queen Anne's lace a problem? ›

Queen Anne's (Daucus carota) lace may have arrived in the U.S. as a seed contaminant in grain and through planting in gardens. It invades disturbed dry prairies, abandoned fields, waste places, and roadsides. Queen Anne's lace is a threat to recovering grasslands.

What is Queen Anne's lace real name? ›

Daucus carota, whose common names include wild carrot, European wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace, and Queen Anne's lace (North America), is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Old World and was naturalized in the New World.

Is there a poisonous Queen Anne's lace? ›

The plant is often used in wildflower gardens and as a cut flower in floral arrangements. Queen Anne's lace is toxic to pets if ingested. Queen Anne's lace is used by some native animals for food — however, it is classified as an invasive weed in Oregon.

What kills Queen Anne's lace? ›

Hand-pulling or mowing can be effective to control Queen Anne's lace in the mid- to late summer before seed set. However, herbicide applications have proven the most effective method of control. Foliar treatments of TerraVue herbicide, at only 2.85 ounces per acre, has delivered 99% control in trials on wild carrot.

How to tell the difference between Queen Anne's lace and Poison Hemlock? ›

Poison hemlock also has dark purplish splotches on its stem, whereas Queen Anne's Lace has a solid green stem. Like its stem, the leaves of Queen Anne's Lace are hairy, as opposed to the smooth leaves of the poison hemlock plant. You can also see a difference in the shape of the flower clusters on each plant.

How to tell the difference between Queen Anne's lace and Hemlock? ›

Key differences between Poison Hemlock and Queen Anne's Lace

Stems: The stem of poison hemlock is smooth with purple blotches whereas the stem of Queen Anne's lace is ribbed and hairy. The hollow, finger-thick stems of poison hemlock are considerably thicker than the solid stems of Queen Anne's lace.

How does Queen Anne's lace prevent pregnancy? ›

In out-of-the-way valleys in the Appalachian Mountains, women are apt to know the secret recipes calling for Queen Anne's lace (the seeds of which block the production of progesterone needed to establish a pregnancy), or pennyroyal (which contains a chemical capable of terminating a pregnancy).

What is the significance of the wild carrot flower? ›

Meaning & Symbolism of Queen Annes Lace

Also called Wild Carrot (since Queen Anne's Lace is the wild progenitor of today's carrot), Bishop's Lace or Bird's Nest (for the nest-like appearance of the bright white and rounded flower in full bloom), in the language of flowers, Queen Anne's Lace represents sanctuary.

Why is the plant called Queen Anne's lace? ›

Some believe the flower got its name because while Queen Anne II was tatting white lace, she pricked her finger with the tatting needle, causing a drop of blood to fall on the lace. This is why the white flowers have dark red flowers in the center.

What is the meaning of the Forget Me Not flower? ›

Forget-me-nots represent true love and giving someone this flower means you truly love and respect this person. It is a testament to your relationships and promises the other person that you will never forget them in your thoughts. Fidelity. A symbol of fidelity and being truthful to someone you love.

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