Ingredient of the Month: Lavender

Ingredient of the Month: Lavender

Get an in-depth look at this floral, delicately sweet herb that is perfect for cooking and growing.



Why You’ll Love Lavender
Known primarily for its calming fragrance, lavender can be used in the kitchen, too. It adds flavor to baked goodsteas, meats and sauces. Plus, it’s simple to grow (indoors or outdoors) and dry at home.

How to Grow & Store Lavender
A great container plant, lavender thrives in full sun, well-drained soil and can reach heights of up to 24 inches. When sprigs are abundant, follow our lavender drying tips, then place dried buds in a re-sealable storage bag or airtight jar. Keep it away from light, heat and humidity, and it will keep for up to one year.

How to Infuse Honey with Lavender
Bring 1 cup of mild honey and 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer for 30-45 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Gently reheat to pourable consistency and strain through cheesecloth into a heatproof container.

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How to Pair Lavender
Add lavender to salads for flavorful pops of color. Substitute lavender for rosemary to add a wonderful flavor to breadscookies, stews and smoothies. Use it to garnish cakes and ice cream for a fresh, herbal treat. Fresh buds can also add sweet flavor to honey, salt and sugar.

Tip: Lavender is a great addition to water to add some extra flavor and nutrients. Get the recipe for Lavender Orange water, plus 10 more recipes that kick water up a notch!

How to Prep & Recipe Idea
With lavender, a little goes a long way, so start with a pinch at a time. Grind dried buds with a mortar and pestle or pluck right from the plant as needed. Try our Lavender-Lemon Shortbread Cookies, where lavender, lemon and chocolate come together to create a buttery, flaky treat.

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I just made blueberry lemon earl grey tea with lavender preserves...Lovely!!! A tea bag, 3 cups of fresh blueberries, 1 lemon and some fresh lavender. Soooo tasty!!

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