Since, I use organic culinary lavender flowers in my cooking and baking recipes, I'm often asked what's the difference between lavender flowers from plants in my garden, nurseries and culinary lavender flowers. So, I put together some tips, which I'd like to share.
Lavender is a member of the mint herb family so is it any wonder that it is used in cooking and baking recipes. Culinary Lavender is dried edible Lavender flower that has been grown free of chemicals specifically for cooking and baking. Most edible Lavender sold today comes from the English lavender (angustifolias) or the Lavandin Provence Lavender which is used in Herbes de Provence to flavor savory dishes.
Culinary Lavender Tips: For culinary purposes, although the leaves are edible, the best part of lavender plant is the flowers; they contain the “essential oil” or essence of the Lavender. Always purchase organic or culinary Lavender from health food stores, gourmet shops, lavender farms or from online merchants who specialize in selling Lavender for consumption. Do not use lavender from nurseries, flower or garden shops; it may contain toxic pesticides, unhealthy additives or artificial fertilizers that are harmful to humans if ingested.
Culinary lavender flowers whether crushed, sprinkled, ground or infused, this flavor-intense herb will indulge your senses, tantalize your taste buds and please your palette. The next time you are looking to expand your culinary horizons, try adding Lavender to one of your favorite dishes for a surprisingly different and delicious flavor.
Happy Baking & Cooking!
Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
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