Easy Strawberry tree jam (arbutus unedo)

This jam recipe is the easiest preserve you ever make. Only 3 ingredients, no cutting involved and only takes 45 minutes to make
A big pile of strawberry tree fruit on a white kitchen bench. pinit

Strawberry tree jam is quick to make and only has a few ingredients.

(Arbutus unedo) Strawberry tree

strawberry tree (dog wood)

The arbutus strawberry tree is an ornamental tree. Many people has it in their garden without knowing that the red arbutus berry fruits are edible. However the brightly colored fruit of strawberry tree are great to eat and have been used in folk medicine for many different purposes.

Learn how to identify a strawberry tree here

Strawberry tree fruit (arbutus fruit)

The strawberry tree berries are typically ready for harvesting in the late autumn when the skins of the berries are very red and they are soft to the touch.

The arbutus fruit start out yellow and slowly change to red as they mature. The appearance reminds me of a small bright lychee. They have a delicate flavor and are sweetest and best consumed when bright red and very ripe. They can be eaten straight from the tree or be made into a delicious arbutus jam.

A big pile of strawberry tree fruit on a white kitchen bench.

I came across this fruit because my friend had a strawberry tree arbutus unedo growing in her garden. I was pleasantly surprised how tasty the fruit was.

It’s an attractive tree/shrub. Find out how to plant and care for your strawberry tree here

Strawberry tree jam

It’s very easy to make jam out of the strawberry tree fruits because there is no peeling or cutting involved.

How to make arbutus unedo jam

  • The fruit goes straight into the sauce pan as they are, straight from the arbutus tree
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until the fruit is soft
  • strain
  • cook the remaining clear liquid together with sugar and lemon juice until thickened.
  • Pour into a sterilized jar to cool
strawberry tree fruit covered with water in a saucepan
straining the strawberry tree pulp through a fine sieve. Collecting the liquid in a glass bowl underneath

The skin is quite grainy but once the pulp has been strained off the result is a smooth jam/ jelly that tastes amazing!

Making jams and preserves is a must do in autumn in my household. Easy to do big batches of and can easily be jarred or frozen to use throughout the year.

Try this strawberry tree jam spread on these sunflower seed crackers and a nice cheese on top. Delicious!

Other easy preserves to do at home:

Apple sauce compote

green tomato chilli chutney

Easy no cook tomato pizza sauce

Strawberry tree fruit benefits

The strawberry tree berry is a great source of vitamins and antioxidant.

In folk medicine, the plant has been used in for treating rheumatism and urinary tract system amongst other things.

A gargle can be made for treating sore and irritated throats. Because of It’s antiseptic properties the plant can be used against respiratory problems, wounds, and other skin infections.

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Easy Strawberry tree jam (arbutus unedo)

  • This arbutus berry jam/jelly recipe is made with only three simple ingredients and is quick and easy to make. Delicious spread on toast, stirred through unsweetened yogurt or as an accompaniment to roast meats and on a cheese board
Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 40 mins Rest Time 1 hr Total Time 1 hr 45 mins Difficulty: Beginner Best Season: Fall

easy strawberry tree jam

strawberry tree fruit jam recipe


  1. strawberry tree fruit jelly

    To preparestrawberry tree fruit covered with water in a saucepan,

    • cover the strawberry trees fruit with water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
    • Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the fruit is soft.
    • Once the fruit is ready, drain through a fine sieve to eliminate the seeds and skin. A smooth liquid remains.
    • Pour the liquid back in the sauce pan with a third of the weight in brown sugar and the juice of a lemon. Cook until the jam has thickened.
    • Pour into a sterilized jar to cool.
    • Enjoy this tasty strawberry tree fruit jam!
    straining the strawberry tree pulp through a fine sieve. Collecting the liquid in a glass bowl underneath
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  1. This sounds so delish!

  2. I never heard of strawberry tree fruit before this article. Now I’m intrigued. It looks like strawberry trees grow in my region, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for them!

  3. Super easy to make and tasty strawberry jam. Pinned for my summer picking

    1. Sommer says:

      The fruit are ripe in November/December.

  4. How cool is this! Loved learning all about this!

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