Culinary Uses of Lavender
When one thinks about uses of lavender, the first things that come into the mind are perfumes, scents, bath, and body products. Many of us do not know that lavender has been used for cooking since ancient times. Lavender is a flowering plant, native to Southern Europe, Canary Islands, Asia, and India. Use of lavender in cooking is increasingly becoming popular and this blog aims to make your journey with lavender from garden to kitchen and thereafter very interesting and informative…
How to Use Lavender in Your Kitchen?
Lavender imparts a breezy, floral, sweet flavor to the dishes it is added to. It often accompanies goat’s milk cheese and sheep’s milk cheese. Flowers or the dried buds are the most commonly used part of lavender for cooking. Lavender leaves are also used but they are safer in the hands of an experienced chef. Lavender syrup is very popular and is used for flavoring marshmallows, scones, cakes etc. The flowers can be added to green or black tea for a relaxing lavender scented and flavored lavender tea. Candied flowers of lavender are used as cake decorations. Lavender flowers are used for flavoring baked goods, desserts etc. Lavender flavor blends well with chocolate. It is also used in making lavender sugar.
Tips and Suggestions on Uses of Lavender
There are basic ways to use lavender to derive maximum flavor and taste out of it.
- Get scented lavender sugar by storing crushed lavender flowers with sugar in an airtight container. When using the sugar, separate flowers with a sieve. Add the sugar to cookies, cakes, jams, whipped creams etc for a lovely lavender fragrance and taste.
- Infuse lavender in water. Use this in drinks, lemonades, and teas.
- Sprinkle lavender in vinaigrette dressing or on your salad.
- Rub dried lavender on roasted meats for a smoky flavor.
Culinary uses of lavender can be enjoyed thoroughly by growing this lovely plant in a pot in your kitchen garden; you have the added benefit of lavender bestowing its scent far and wide in your garden and around.
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