Lavender For The Kitchen
Once one of its most widespread uses, lavender as a culinary herb is enjoying a dramatic revival. Forgotten for many decades after the demise of large fields of lavender in England and France in the early years of the 20th century and the sequestering of lavender harvests for cosmetic and personal care products, it is now appearing more regularly on the menus of gourmet restaurants. Pelindaba Lavender is contributing to this gastronomic revival of lavender as the latter re-takes its broad range of applications in both savory and sweet foods and beverages.
In the same family as rosemary, lavender lends itself deliciously to savory dishes. In fact, lavender used to be quite common in kitchens up until the 20th century, and it was used nearly as often as rosemary. At Pelindaba Lavender farm on San Juan Island, we grow, harvest, and process our own certified-organic lavender by hand for the highest-quality natural product. In our farm kitchen we prepare dried lavender for cooking, lavender stalks lavender-based seasoning blends like herbes de provence, lavender vinegar, mustard and even lavender coffee!
Lavender’s flavor is equally delightful in sweets such as lavender chocolate, honey, lemonade, lavender teas and cookies. We are also continuing to expand our longstanding portfolio of culinary lavender products into an even more unique line of lavender-flavored condiments such as lavender chutneys. In our culinary products, we use the “Provence” variety of lavender (Lavandula x intermedia “Provence”) for its delicate and slightly sweet flavor profile . If you are looking for a way to spice up your cuisine or make an impression with your culinary skills, think outside the box with this delicious and versatile herb.
For ideas on how to use lavender in your next meal, check out some of our lavender recipes