Mother Earth Gardener

Wild Cherry Jam Recipe

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Start the season off right with an in-home jam session, making wild cherry jam following a standard jam recipe. Yield: Two 8-ounce jars.


  • 5 cups cherry fruits, deseeded
  • 1 cup sugar of choice
  • Juice of 1 lemon 


  1. Combine cherries with just a little water in a pot.
  2. Add your sugar of choice and lemon juice. Mix.
  3. Cook for about 1 hour or more, until mixture thickens and reaches a temperature of about 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Put finished jam into sterilized 8-ounce jars, and follow the standard procedure for canning.

Note: If you’re uncertain how to properly can, grab a home canning book from your local library, or search “USDA’s canning guide” on the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s website.

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Christopher Nyerges has been leading Wild Food Outings since 1974. He’s the author of Nuts and Berries of CaliforniaGuide to Wild Foods and Useful PlantsForaging CaliforniaExtreme Simplicity, and more. For a schedule of his classes, and information about his books, contact School of Self-Reliance, Box 41834, Eagle Rock, California, 90041, or online at Christopher Nyerges.

  • Published on May 30, 2019
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