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Edible Lavender

We often think of lavender only in lotion, oils or candles with its relaxing aroma, even though it's also edible! You can easily substitute lavender for other herbs, especially rosemary, when flavoring sweet or savory dishes. We added lavender to three common kitchen staples—sugar, butter, and syrup—which you can then add to a multitude of recipes. Use lavender sugar in shortbread cookies for a floral surprise; lavender butter over roasted chicken for a pleasant, earthy flavor; or lavender syrup in lemonade or cocktails for a flowery taste of summer. You'll be surprised how delicious the lavender from your garden can be!

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Lavender and Herb Butter

  • ¼ pound of butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 tablespoon of dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano

Mix all ingredients and chill in the fridge for a few hours. If you prefer, you can use almost any other dried herb, such as basil or chives.

Lavender Sugar

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of dried lavender or 2 tablespoons of fresh lavender

Mix the two ingredients together and seal in an airtight container for two days before using to ensure the flavors meld. Recipe can be doubled or tripled, depending on how much sugar you need.

Lavender Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender or 2 tablespoons fresh lavender

Mix ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool for a few hours, strain, and pour into an airtight container. Syrup can be stored in the fridge for several weeks.

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5 out of 5 stars Jun 7, 2019
Don't forget lavender honey! It is wonderful on toast or biscuits. In tea, etc. Also nice, calming anti-bacterial facial wash.
Mari from TX

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5 out of 5 stars Jul 26, 2019
What variety would you suggest as edible?
Bonnie Duma from KS
Owner Response: Hi Bonnie, Thanks for the question. Any of the lavenders will be edible and the cultivars we carry will give similar results. It is best to grow edible flowers from seed though, so you can be sure it wasn't treated with chemicals. Happy growing!

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5 out of 5 stars Jan 26, 2022
I make a glaze for baked ham with a can of whole-berry cranberry sauce, half a cup of honey, and a good handful of fresh lavender flowers. I heat them together to boiling, and pour it over the ham about a half hour before it is done baking.
Christa from CA
Owner Response: Christa, Thanks so much for sharing!

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