For a detailed explanation of my experiment with this recipe click here.  This recipe was adapted from a recipe by Giada on FoodNetwork.  Giada’s recipe calls for significantly more basil and uses frozen blackberries rather than fresh.  Her recipe can be found by clicking here.


16-19 ounces fresh blackberries and slightly mashed
1 1/4 ounces fresh basil
2/3 cup sugar
Juice from 1 orange
Juice from 1 lemon


  • Place the basil, sugar, orange juice and lemon juice in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • If your blackberries were previously frozen, drain the juice but reserve 1/4 cup.
  • Put the blackberries and 1/4 cup of the juice in a medium saucepan.
  • Mix the basil and sugar mixture with the blackberries.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Simmer until the mixture is thick, stirring occasionally for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and cool for 1 hour.
  • The jam will continue to cool as it thickens.

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