is possible to make jelly (or cordial*) from a range of native lilly-pilly species or
use a mixture of berries when individual quantities are limited. I
prefer to make this recipe from the small leafed lilly-pilly or riberry (Syzygium
luehmannii) which produces large quantities of fruit around
Collect fresh, firm, ripe fruit from trees and wash well. If you do not
intend to make the jelly immediately, you can freeze the berries for
Wash and chop (no need to core or peel) a small quantity of granny smith apples.
I use six large apples for a whole bucket of berries. Adjust quantities
according to your supply of berries.
Add berries and apples to a saucepan with enough water to cover the
half of the fruit. Boil uncovered for around 30 minutes, stirring regularly until the water shows good
colour and the berries and apples are soft.
Strain the mixture through a sieve for a cloudy jam or or through muslin cloth
for a clean jelly.
Add one cup of sugar for each cup of strained liquid and reboil.
Bottle while hot into warm clean jars and seal well.
This recipe makes a clear, soft jelly. If firmer consistency is required
add a jam setting agent according to directions.
you add extra water during the fruit boiling process, you will make
lillypilly cordial. Add a little of the the pink lillypilly cordial
concentrate to water, mineral water, soda water or champagne!