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Food Trend: Cooking With Lavender

Lavender Isn't Just For a Bouquet

There's something slightly magical about the bright color and powerful fragrance of a big bouquet of lavender. For years we've been raving about lavender-infused cocktails, and now lavender is making its way into many home chefs' kitchens for the first time. And it's not just sitting pretty in a bouquet.

Lavender is part of herbes de Provence, but this flower is beginning to stand alone as a spice staple in both savory and sweet dishes. Its robust flavor is sweet and floral with citrus notes. But like rosemary, the trick with lavender is that a little goes a long way; you don't want to ever feel like you're eating perfume. I'm curious about your thoughts. Do you love cooking with lavender, or is this one of those trends you're not willing to try?

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 5 years
lavender in food/drinks is so disgusting. like licking an old womans underarm
roseate roseate 5 years
I like the smell, but not the taste. I had a lavender scone once, and I felt like I was eating potpourri. Not pleasant.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I hate the smell of flowers, so don't think I'd enjoy the taste of them.
SpicieFoodie SpicieFoodie 5 years
I love lavender. It is great as a tea with lemon and honey. But also pairs great with both dark and white chocolate. You can drink it, bake with it, and cook savory dishes all as you said without feeling like you're eating perfume.
myhousemd myhousemd 5 years
I made lavender blueberry ice cream over a year ago, and I am still getting compliments on it! All my friends request it constantly, I just don't have the time anymore!
OhMaxine OhMaxine 5 years
Every week I go to a local artisan bread bakery in Fort Worth, TX. Gwin made the most amazing lavender shortbread cookies! My favorite thing about drinking/smelling/eating lavender is the strong quality is possesses to calm the body... just what I always need :)
My-Fare-Foodie My-Fare-Foodie 5 years
I recently made a yummy lavender simple syrup. Delish!
Mandy-Harris Mandy-Harris 5 years
I love lavender in my food! Lavender Earl Grey (good call, RoaringSilence!), lavender shortbread, lavender honey...bring it on.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I am drinking lavender Earl Grey tea as I write this. I would totally try baking with this. the only reason I haven't is that the lavender in my garden is not doing so well :( I had no idea this was in Herbes de Provence! I love that stuff for making vinaigrettes.
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