May Day is a day dedicated to fertility and the return of the light of the Sun. Some customs call for dancing around a Maypole decorated with flowers and multicolored ribbons. This intertwining of plaiting symbolizes the coupling that takes place in spring. If you don’t have a Maypole to dance around then embrace another tradition by leaving the faeries some to eat out of your home so that they may bless you with boons and grace.
FAIRY JAM: Makes 4 Cups
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sweet smelling rose petals, white bases removed
- 2 ½ cups of super fine sugar
- ⅛ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ¼ tablespoons of rose water
In a large saucepan bring the water to a boil. Lower the heat to a summer and add the rose petals. Simmer on low heat for five minutes. Add the sugar and lemon thinking magical thoughts as you do. Bring this mix back to a full boil and the decrease the heat once again. Summer for a half hour while stiffing occasionally making sure that the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thickening. Add the rose water. Remove from the heat and let stand. Allow the jam to cool slightly before filling a sterilized jar and storing in a cold place. The jam will last for two months. Don’t forget to leave a little taste for your fairy friends outside.