Lavender is a herb, belongs to the mint family, just like rosemary, sage and thyme. As well as these other herbs, lavender can also be used in cooking though it is well known for its other properties, because of its aromatic fragrance it is widely used in cosmetics, and has some medicinal uses as well. Lavender can be used as a natural remedy to treat insomnia, depression. Soaking in the lavender bath improves circulation.
It is widely used in Aromatherapy and Herbology.
It is available in different forms :
- Dried flowers
- Lavender oil
This lovely sign was located by the entrance.
Once passed the sign and an old wooden gate a beautiful scenery opened in front of me and there was no going back.
My journey through air filled with lavender fragrance has begun.
Lavender used in cooking is called CULINARY LAVENDER, mostly English Lavender is used for culinary purposes as it has a very nice sweet floral flavor with citrus and lemon notes. It is used fresh or dried, when used dry, ratio 1/3 the quantity dry to fresh lavender .It goes very well with fruit, citrus, ice creams, sorbets, desserts, cookies and even savory dishes.
Maybe you wonder : “What makes lavender CULINARY?” Lavender that is grown organically without harmful pesticides and English lavender delivers the safest and most flavorful product for cooking, grilling and baking.
Lavender has been around for 2500 years. In ancient times lavender was used for mummification and perfume by the Egyptians.The Greeks and the Romans bathed in lavender scented water.
Harvesting Lavender : Lavender flowers are picked like fruit, pick those that look almost perfect, with the fullest color, it will ensure the best flavor. Just like with fruit – fresh fruit always tastes better, same applies to lavender, fresher the flower more flavorful the taste.All blooms need to be well rinsed, immerse them in water to remove any soil or insects, then gently lay flowers on the towel, until you are ready to use them in your meal. When using in cooking, if you can’t get fresh lavender you can still use dry culinary lavender. Remember dry lavender has concentrated flavor so use 1/3 quantity of fresh one.
Here you can see a part of the workshop at the Lavender Farm.
At he Lavender Gift Shop they are selling all kinds of goodies and I was really pleased to see that they also make their own lavender honey, I will have get some on my next visit.
To the right /middle shelf/ is culinary lavender. They even had some lavender chocolate and lip balm.
“lavender, sweet lavender;
come and buy my lavender,
hide it in your trousseau, lady fair.
Let its flovely fragrance flow
Over your from head to toe,
lightening on your eyes, your cheek, your hair.”
Cumberkand Clark Flower Song Book 1929
I hope you enjoyed the visit to Valley Peace Lavender Farm as much as I, if you are in the area I highly recommend that you stop by and enjoy the sweet fragrance of Lavender. Sometimes the good things are sitting right in front of our nose. I’ve driven by this farm many times …and only now I have discovered its beauty.
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