Watermelon Whimsy Jam


Dive into the summer symphony of Watermelon Whimsy Jam, a delightful spread that captures the light and sweet essence of fresh watermelon. This homemade jam is a celebration of summer's favorite fruit, offering a unique, refreshing taste that's perfect for adding a splash of sunshine to your breakfasts, desserts, or as a playful twist in your culinary creations.

Watermelon Whimsy Jam

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: About 3 cups
  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

Nutritional Profile (per tablespoon)

  • Calories: 35 kcal
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Sugar: 8.9 g


  • Fresh watermelon, flesh cubed and seeds removed (1 kg / 2.2 lbs / 35 oz)
  • Granulated sugar (500g / 1.1 lbs / 17.6 oz)
  • Lemon juice (30ml / 2 tbsp / 1 oz)
  • Water (100ml / 3.4 oz)
  • Pectin (optional, for thicker jam) (5g / 0.2 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Watermelon: Cube the watermelon flesh and remove any seeds.
  2. Macerate the Fruit: In a large pot, mix watermelon cubes with sugar and let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Cook the Mixture: Add water and lemon juice to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  4. Simmer and Thicken: Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the jam reaches the desired consistency.
  5. Add Pectin: For a thicker jam, add pectin and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Test for Doneness: To test, place a small amount of jam on a cold plate. If it gels, it’s ready.
  7. Jar and Cool: Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars, leaving space at the top. Seal and let cool.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Fruit Selection: Use ripe, sweet watermelon for the best flavor.
  • Texture Variations: For a smoother jam, blend the watermelon before cooking.
  • Storage: Store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate for extended shelf life.


Can I use a seedless watermelon?

Yes, seedless watermelons are ideal for making jam.

How long does watermelon jam last?

Properly stored, it can last up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Can I make watermelon jam without pectin?

Yes, but it may result in a thinner consistency.