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Culinary Lavender

Cooking With Lavender

Lavender has been used in the kitchen since the middle ages. This versatile herb adds a subtle floral flavour to sweet and savoury dishes alike. It can be used directly in a recipe or as an attractive garnish.

When choosing culinary lavender, look for an English Lavender, or lavandula angustifolia. The sweet fragrance and low camphor make English lavender ideal in the kitchen.

A potent herb, lavender can quickly overpower other flavours so it's important to remember that a little goes a long way! The potency of these tiny flowers increases as the buds are dried so if a recipe calls for 3 tsp of fresh lavender buds, try using 1 tsp dried buds.

Tips for cooking with lavender:


  • Try grinding lavender buds in a coffee grinder, food processor, or with a mortar and pestle to add directly to a recipe. Try adding a pinch to your cookie and cake recipes, or as a rub on chicken or lamb.
  • Infuse lavender into the liquid portion of a recipe by heating the liquid and steeping lavender buds in it for 5 to 20 mins, depending on desired taste. Try 1/4 tsp lavender buds per cup of liquid.
  • An easy way to add lavender to your cooking is to create lavender sugar. Grind lavender buds together with sugar and store in your freezer to use in cookies, cakes, icings and more. Use 1 tsp dried lavender buds per cup of sugar.
  • For savoury dishes, try lavender salt - 1 part dried lavender to 10 parts salt, grind together and use as needed
  • Change it up a bit! Toast lavender buds to remove the high floral notes for use in savoury dishes. 1 to 2 mins in a pan over medium heat is all that is needed.

Recipes

July 7, 2021

Lavender Garlic Tear Away Bread

Check out this quick and easy recipe from Purple Haven for your next BBQ. Check out the recipe here.
July 7, 2021

Lavender Martini

Check out Purple Haven’s Lavender martini for a fragrant combination of vanilla vodka and lavender, like a glass of aromatherapy. Check out the recipe here.  
July 7, 2021

Lavender Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Looking for a new take on an old classic? Check out these Lavender Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings from Purple Haven here. 

Culinary Products to Check Out

July 7, 2021

The Giving Place Lavender Honey Flower Lollipops

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is…once you look or taste these beautiful, lavender, garden Lollies, you will feel like you are dancing in […]
July 7, 2021

Millefleurs Lavender Pepper

A pepper mill containing a hand-blended selection of white and black peppercorns, organic lavender, thyme, and other seasonings. Buy here.
July 7, 2021

Bonnieheath Estates Lavender Sugar

Bonnieheath Estates home-grown English lavender buds are spun with sweet sugar to create a delightful confectioners blend! Use for desserts, sauces and savoury dishes to impart […]

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