Why are there asterisks after some fruits on the recipe sheet that comes with Pomona’s Pectin?

The small asterisks that appear by some fruits and then appear again in the measured ingredients column of that recipe (next to ¼ cup lemon or lime juice) are telling you that the fruits with the asterisk, like Sweet Blackberry, require the ¼ cup lemon or lime juice. The addition of lemon or lime juice is required for canning safety, and sometimes for jelling.

Pomegranate is a special case. It doesn’t require the ¼ cup lemon or lime juice, but some people feel the addition of a small amount of lemon juice improves the pomegranate flavor. So we offer the option of adding 4 teaspoons of lemon juice to your pomegranate jelly.

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