Peach Cardamom Jam


Every summer for the last nine years, I’ve teamed up with the folks at the Washington State Fruit Commission. As one of their Canbassadors, they send me boxes of fruit. I take those cherries, peaches, and plums into my kitchen, turn them into various preserves and then share what I’ve done here.

Earlier in the summer, they sent me some cherries, which became Sweet Cherry Butter and Cherry Balsamic Jam. More recently, they sent me 18 pounds of the most glorious, fragrant peaches. I’ve turned them into five different preserves and over the course of this week, I’ll share those recipes right here.

For this first recipe, I’ve made a relatively small batch of peach cardamom jam. This is made without added pectin and requires constant stirring and a bit of bravery at the end of cooking for it to thicken sufficiently. Use a wide pot, turn the heat down a little, and trust your judgment. I have no doubt you can do it.

I use ground cardamom for this preserve and I love both the intense flavor and speckled appearance that it gives the finished jam. You could also try using lightly crushed whole cardamom pods, but take care to count how many you put in so that you can pull them out when the jam is finished (I imagine 5 or 6 pods should do it).

If you want to see what some of the other Canbassadors have done this year, make sure to follow the Washington State Stone Fruit Growers and Northwest Cherries folks on social media, as they’ve been sharing the posts. Here’s where you can find them.

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Peach Cardamom Jam

Yield: 4 half pints


  • 3 pounds peaches, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Prepare a canning pot and four half pint jars.
  2. Combine the prepped peaches, sugar, cardamom and lemon juice in a low, wide, non-reactive pot and stir to combine.
  3. Once the sugar has started to dissolve and there's some liquid in the pot, place it on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring regularly for 15-20 minutes, until the total volume in the pot has reduced by at least one-third and the jam looks quite thick.
  4. As the jam cooks, use a potato masher to help break down the peaches.
  5. Funnel the jam into the prepared jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  6. Wipe the rims, apply the lids and rings, and process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
  7. When the time is up, remove the jars and set them on a folded kitchen towel to cool.
  8. Once the jars have cooled enough that you can comfortably handle them, check the seals. Sealed jars can be stored at room temperature for up to a year. Any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and used promptly.

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20 responses to “Peach Cardamom Jam”

  1. I do basically the same thing with mangos and it’s a big winner – especially with yogurt and Trader Joes ginger cashew granola. I’d image this would be just as yummy.

  2. I love cardamom, so this is right up my alley, and I love that it uses the low-sugar pectin. I subbed almond extract for the vanilla and it came out quite tasty. I got 3 pints.

  3. I made this twice. The first time I followed directions perfectly and it came out funny. Ah well, sauce. The second time I left the skins on and then I used an immersion blender on it. Seems much thicker. Loved the flavor!

  4. Is there any way the sugar can be cut in this recipe? With the sweet peaches and the addition of lemon juice, would it be possible to cut the sugar in half? Thanks!

  5. Marisa, how long can the fruit, sugar, cardamom and lemon juice mixture be held until it can be cooked and water bath preserved?

    • You can always tell in the language of the recipe whether the weight is taken before or after pitting.

      If it says “3 pounds peaches, pitted, peeled, and diced” it means that you take the weight first and then break them down.

      If it says “3 pounds pitted, peeled, and diced peaches” it means that you break them down first and then weigh them.

      And doubling recipes isn’t a safety issue. It’s an issue of set. You will have a hard time getting this recipe to set up well if you double it.

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