Sour Chia Seed Jam Recipe

Thinking of ways to preserve some of your fruits that you have picked? We are excited to share a recipe shared with us from one of our volunteers, Anita Boey! Jams are a great way to ensure that no fruit goes to waste, and chia seeds add a great element of texture to your jams. If you make this jam recipe, we would love to see your photos! Happy cooking!

Ingredients needed:

1 cup Pitted Sour Cherries

1 tablespoon Chia Seed

1 tablespoon Maple Syrup

A pinch of salt


In a pot, cook the sour cherries until they start to bubble and release its juices (about 10 minutes on medium heat). It is recommended to stir the fruit while cooking, so the bottom doesn’t burn.

Add in a pinch of salt.

Take the cooked sour cherries off the heat and stir in the chia seeds and maple syrup. Let the mixture cool and set for at least 30 minutes. Once the jam has cooled, store it in a jar and move it to the fridge.

Anita made this jam with sour cherries, but feel free to use any fruit you like! Also, use any type of sweetener you like.

The general rule for this recipe is this: For every one cup of fruit, add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. So, scale it up to make a larger batch if you’ve got a large fruit harvest! Anita made this chia seed jam with strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and they were all delicious.


Thank you Anita for this wonderful recipe!

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