A wonderful old English Medieval recipe for rose petal jam or rather rose petal conserve, as this is a soft set jam. Serve this elegant and fragrant jam with scones, pancakes or use it to sandwich sponge cakes together........smells heavenly and tastes magical. Make sure that the rose petals you use are not exposed to traffic pollution or have been sprayed with fertiliser. The title is taken from my namesake, the Scottish poet Robert Burns and his poem: O, my luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June,
O, my luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
Rose petal jam is also found in the Middle East and Turkey, along with high quality rose water; I sometimes add a few drops of rosewater for an extra floral kick! I have stated red rose petals as they give the best colour - but any highly scented roses would be fine to use in this recipe.