English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) yields a highly effective essential oil and has the sweetest overtones of all the lavender varieties. They are also much more cold-hardy than the French and Spanish varieties. We have two types of English lavender – Hidcote and Munstead.
Nothing grows in Colorado, she dislikes rabbit soup, she can’t buy beans to sprout, her neighbour’s cat pooped on her lawn, Medha’s got summer holidays ….
Well, I thought of snipping some dried lavender flowers and mailing them out – just to confuse her and maybe, get her to stop hacking into my comments form.
When I stepped out this morning, scissors and camera in hand, I encountered some winged gourmets who like lavender as much as we do.
I got a recipe idea from this furry dude.
I wondered what lavender honey would taste like. Honey produced from bees that have fed on Provencal (French) lavender is popular in France and the Mediterranean.
I added some lavender blossoms to my favourite orange blossom honey. I put it in the microwave on low power (power level 3) and cooked it for 2 minutes, then let it seep for an hour. Or you can make it on a very low flame on the stove top, simmering the honey for about 8 minutes. You can strain it if you want to. It’s not necessary.
Make sure your lavender blooms are organic, sans chemical fertilisers or pesticides.
I also made some lavender-flavoured sugar. Simply add some lavender blooms to organic raw cane sugar and store in an airtight container.
HONEY AND SUGAR infused with MUNSTEAD LAVENDER
Our entry for
Andrea’s brainchild, hosted by us this fortnight. Deadline: July 30, 2008.
and for Jihva for Edible Flowers at Soul Food
There’s a packet of lavender on its way to Manisha. Now let’s see what excuse she can concoct for not participating in
Procure Grow Your Own.
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