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The Culinary Lavender

A fragrant shrub, lavender has tons of uses from medicinal to its effectiveness in aromatherapy. Lavender contains phytonutrients and has benefits when applied topically, inhaled or ingested.

Lavender also has many culinary applications. The tops of the flowers can be sprinkled on foods, added in batters and desserts or infused in beverages.

The Culinary Lavender

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Ingesting consumable lavender can ease an upset stomach and aid other digestive problems. It may also benefit the skin’s complexion. Taken orally it can relieve anxiety, calm the mind and help induce sleep.

The Culinary Lavender

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The following recipes provide some ideas on how to add lavender to beverages and food to enhance their flavor and appearance.

Be sure to use only organic lavender that is intended for consumption and labeled as food grade consumable, as lavender oil is toxic when ingested. Like with any shrubs, herbs or natural additives, be sure to check out their precautions before using.

What’s Cooking America has information and about cooking with lavender and includes a recipe list.

Herbs de Provence can be made by blending favorite herbs and edible flowers together and can be used in marinades and added to recipes.

Lavender tea may be a popular choice, but coffee lovers will appreciate a lavender honey iced latte.

The Culinary Lavender

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The Culinary Lavender

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Boulder Locavore has a list of 15 recipes using lavender.

Lavender is perfect for adding to jam and preserves.

The Culinary Lavender

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Also, for an instant appearance upgrade put it in unexpected dishes like lavender roasted potatoes.

The Culinary Lavender

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All recipes and Serious Eats also have compilations of recipes using lavender.

For a natural  and simple to make homemade icing with a purple hue, mix powdered sugar, water and lavender blossoms.

The Culinary Lavender

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Beverage concoctions like lemongrass lavender white hot chocolate are chocolatier inspired and look decadent.

The Culinary Lavender

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Lavender flowers also make the perfect scented garnish.

The Culinary Lavender

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The Culinary Lavender

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Adding an extra touch in the kitchen is easy with naturally gorgeous things.

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