Can You Cook with Lavender? Yes you can
The golden rule to make your easy lavender recipes taste delicious is – always use a lavender that is sweet smelling.
There has been a resurgence of cooking with lavender recently so join the healthy revolution and try out these lavender recipes and see what all the fuss is about.
Culinary lavender will add a unique flavour to your dishes. You use it like any other herb from your pantry. So surprise your family or guests next time you cook them a meal with this gourmet herb.
Do’s and Don’ts of cooking with lavender
There are a few guidelines to be able to use dried lavender or lavender essence successfully
- Measure the ingredients carefully, start with a smaller quantity and add more per your taste.
- Lavandula angustifolia (the one with the sweet perfume) is the ONLY lavender to use for cooking purposes. If it smells like mothballs (camphor) don’t use it. Many people have used the wrong lavender and the resulting taste is bitter.
- Do not use dried lavender meant for pot pourri, as it may contain other perfumed oils and it won’t be culinary grade.
Why buy from me?
I have chemical free lavender. I grow the lavender using organic principles, harvest by hand in Summer and air dry. This is labour intensive but it provides you with the best quality herb to cook with. The colour is retained and most of all the lavender flavour is the strongest.
With these guidelines in mind, happy cooking!
See below for some modern and traditional lavender delights.