I am looking for information on Autumn Olives. Can jelly be made with the berry?
There is a good reference on Autumn Olives on the Internet (http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Elaeagnus+umbellata). This document says that they are edible and make jams and jellies. Some people have even suggested that Autumn Olives may cure cancer (they contain lycopene).
To make jelly, you would have to juice them. If the
information is correct that they contain about 8% sugar,
you would need to experiment with how much cooking you
need to get the correct flavor and how much added sugar
you need. You might begin by using a good recipe for
apple jelly (see
a good source of home food processing information.)
Source: Douglas Holt, Ph.D., Chair
of Food Science Program & State Extension Specialist for
Food Safety, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009