Missouri Native Plant Recipes

Missouri Native Plant Recipes

Here is one I do every year around October, which is when persimmons are ripe, mushy and sweet. Persimmon Pudding

Persimmon Pudding Recipe
Persimmon Pudding Baked

The more we can connect and keep each other informed on how to utilize the natural resources in our own back yards, the better off our environment will be and the healthier we will be.  Please share your easy recipes using Missouri native plants with me. You can also share your blog or site name with your recipes. Please enter your information and recipes via Contact Me. Upon approval, I will post.

Here is an awesome link to more delicious Missouri Native Plant Recipes on the Missouri Dept. of Conservation website. Enjoy.


Persimmon Tree
Persimmon Tree Missouri

Missouri Honeysuckle Jelly Recipe

Yields 4-5
Infusion Time 24 hours
Cook time 4 minutes
Total time 24 hours, 4 minutes
Medicinal Qualities Vegetarian
Therapeutic Uses Appetizer, Bread, Breakfast, Condiment, Dessert, Lunch, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
This homemade honeysuckle jelly is awesome for toast, bagels, crackers, fruit and will satisfy your sweet tooth. Keeps for up to a month in the refrigerator.


  • 4 cups Honeysuckle Blossoms (Pull of end green part if attached when picking blossoms - bitter)
  • 4 cups Boiling Water
  • 1 box Pectin (I used the box type)
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice (You can substitue Lemonade if you don't have lemons)
  • 4-5 cups Sugar (Depending on taste 5 cups makes jelly very sweet)


Step 1
Pick four (4) cups of Honeysuckle Blossoms, pulling off end green if attached and rinse gently
Step 2
In a large bowl, pour four (4) cups of boiling water over the blossoms
Step 3
Set covered blossoms in refrigerator overnight. You can keep blossoms refrigerated up to three (3) days.
Step 4
Strain juice from blossoms into saucepan with tight mesh strainer or cheesecloth - Do not worry about color of juice if brown or green.
Step 5
Add box/package of pectin and lemon juice and bring to hard boil for two (2) minutes
Step 6
Now add five (5) cups of sugar and stir gently while bring to boil again for two (2) more minutes
Herbs Simmering
Step 7
Siphon off foam from mixture with spoon or small mesh strainer. Do not worry about the color, this will change.
Step 8
Pour mixture into clean glass jars with tight fitting lids
Step 9
Soak jars in a warm bath - Saucepan with warm water will do.
Step 10 Refrigerate jars and allow a few hours for mixture to gel.
Step 11 Enjoy on toast, bagels, crackers, fruit. Give away has gifts.

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