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Greetings Lavender Lovers!
I use organic culinary lavender in my cooking and baking
recipes, I'm often asked by my culinary
students about the difference between lavender flower buds from lavender plants
in the garden, nurseries and culinary lavender.
let's get started on our delicious culinary lavender journey together!
The origin of Lavender is
believed to be from the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Its history goes
back some 2500 years. Lavender is a flowering plant of the mint family
known for its beauty, its sweet floral fragrance and its multiple uses.
There are many varieties of lavender
herb plant and below are just a few:
Lavandula Angustifolia, AKA English
Lavender is an endemic plant of central and western Mediterranean regions
(western & northern Italy, southeastern
France and eastern Spain).
Lavandula Latifolia, AKA Lavandula X
Intermedia and often referred to as Lavandins. While
lavandins are beautiful and smell great there is only one variety commonly used
in cooking and baking and that variety
French Lavender, a hybrid plant and
AKA Lavandula x intermedia. If you want the true Provence
lavender experience, the best variety to look for it, unsurprisingly,
is Provence. It's widely regarded as the best French lavender for
Cooking with Lavender: A small amount of
lavender goes a long way! Use fresh or dried buds but be cautious: The essence
gets stronger and more concentrated as it dries. Use a very small amount or
risk infusing the entire dish with bitterness or an oddly soapy flavor. When
cooking or baking with dried lavender, use only 1/2 of the amount if the recipe
calls for fresh buds. Example: 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh = 1/2 teaspoon dried.
Flavor Pairings with
Lavender: Lavender's sweet,
fragrant flavor complements a range of foods, both sweet and savory. Ingredients
lavender goes well with include strawberries, blueberries, pears,
persimmons, apples, lemon, orange, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme and of course
Herbes de Provence: Lavender is used
in the renowned French savory herb blend, herbes de Provence.
Recipes vary but often include marjoram, oregano, basil, savory, rosemary and
thyme in addition to lavender.
Delicious Ways to
Enjoy Lavender: Baked goods, chocolate, fruit syrups (perfect for sparkling wine
& champagne aperitifs), salad dressings, beurre blanc, ice cream, gelato, tarts,
galettes, compote, marmalade, sorbet, Provencal-style soups, cassoulets, stews
and much more!
Additionally, Lavender Stems are very flavorful and can be used as a drink's stir stick or a
skewer for veggies & fruits kabobs.
Tips for using
Sweets: Lavender's floral
notes play well off berries and citrus in baked goods. Instead of adding small
amounts of the actual dried flowers to recipes, try using lavender-infusedsugar for enhancing sweet dishes with just the slightest hint of
floral goodness. Tone it down by infusing the dried flowers into cream for
ganache, whipped cream, crème brûlée and crème anglaise or into simple syrup
for iced tea or a variety of desserts and cocktails.
Savories: Lightly toast dried
lavender in a dry skillet set over medium heat, constantly stirring, to deepen
its complexity and remove the perfumed notes. Taking away the one quality that
makes lavender so distinctive doesn't dull its unique flavor at all but rather
gives palate the experience of wondering just what that wonderful flavor is
instead of biting into a mouthful of floral perfume.
Lavender is renowned as a
culinary herb for its clean, distinctive perfume and matching floral,
ever-so-slightly-minty flavor. Make sure to buy culinary lavender buds
specially marked for cooking and baking. Lavender plants at the local nursery
may look appealing, but they can be laden with pesticides and other undesirable
chemicals. Always use organic culinary lavender!
Culinary Lavender is hand harvested in and
is free of any kind of pesticide which makes it perfectly suited for cooking
and baking. This beautiful and aromatic edible flower will give your favorite
dish a distinctive and unforgettable taste. In summary, culinary lavender is an incredibly versatile herb for cooking and
I use organic
culinary lavender pretty much in everything and above pictures are
some of my sweet and savory culinary creations with lavender! Their recipes are
in my first cookbook: The Art Vegan Mediterranean Cooking, which
will be published in 2021.
I learned the art of cooking and baking with culinary lavender at
a very young age by experimenting with varieties of fresh fruits, vegetables,
herbs and loving the results. Click here to
read my complete story: A
Chef's Delicious Journey!
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