Recipes with Lavender that Will Make Your Mouth Water

Lavender isnít just for aromatherapy. This flower has a strong, floral flavor that can add a certain elegant dimension to a number of different recipes. You may think itís only used in teas, but youíd be wrong: Lavender has been a showstopper ingredient in cookies, breads, healthy parfaits, scones, lavender lemonade, you name it!

Native to France (among other places), dried lavender is commonly used in herbs de Provence mixtures and can also be ground, sweetened and added to dessert items. Hereís what you need to know about cooking with this fragrant, flavorful herb.

Health Benefits of Lavender

When used as an essence or therapeutic oil, lavender has been shown to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. This probably isnít news, but did you know that lavender also contains a number of health benefits when consumed orally? According to Livestrong, lavender is low and fat and calories, but rich in calcium, iron and vitamin A. This combination is important for maintaining healthy energy levels, supporting bone health and keeping your eyes healthy.

Cooking Tips:

  • Though lavender smells lovely, it can be very overpowering in your dishes, so itís important to get your measurements right. Here are a few helpful tips for cooking with lavender:
  • Be sure youíre buying cooking-grade lavender, or culinary lavender, rather than lavender meant for a different purpose. Culinary lavender is often dried (if itís being used as an herb) and has been curated for cooking purposes.
  • Make sure not to overdo it. A little lavender will go a long way, and youíll definitely want to pair this fragrant herb with other strong flavors that will complement it (lemon is a common pairing).
  • Bon Appetit also recommends grinding your lavender or infusing it into a liquid. This will prevent you from experiencing the texture of leaves in your dish.

8 Recipes with Lavender

Now that youíre ready to cook, check out these delicious recipes that incorporate lavender:

68 comments

John B
John B6 months ago

Thanks for sharing the info.

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John B
John B6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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John B
John B6 months ago

Thanks Maggie for sharing the the info and relevant links.

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

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Erika C.
Erika Cabout a year ago

Very creative lovely article, lavender is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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chris B.
chris Babout a year ago

Mmmmm, more yummy ideas. LOVE Lavender!!

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Maxine Stopfer
Maxine Stopferabout a year ago

The article is very insightful and sounds delicious. I just wish some recipes had been included. I would love to try the lavender and banana bread or even lavender and lemon bread.

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Sara S.
Sara Sabout a year ago

These tips are wonderful. I say let's find other flowers that can replace vanilla.

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Randy Q.
Past Member about a year ago

Plant roses and lavender for luck.....works every time!

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