Culinary Lavender Varieties For Teas, Cookies and Sugars
Culinary lavender is fun and has an important role in the kitchen. Lavender is a culinary herb used in baking, desserts, seasonings and condiments.
What Variety To Use
Culinary lavender is an essential ingredient in culinary cooking similar to mint, rosemary and thyme. Since lavender is related to these herbs it’s easier to think of how to cook with this herb. There are many simple uses and recipes to incorporate lavender in your culinary dishes. Lavender is traditionally used in sweet, rather than savory dishes. A good thing to remember with lavender…a little goes a long way.
Many dishes using lavender are cakes, cookies, candies and desserts. The lavender recipes are abundant and used in specialty desserts or events like birthdays or ringing in the New Year.
When deciding to use lavender in your culinary dish, be sure of the following…
- Variety used – not all lavender varieties are good for cooking
- Pesticide and chemically free
- A little goes a long way
Simple Lavender Cooking Tips
Lavender can be used in homemade mustard's by adding a little pinch to impart a floral aromatic flavor.
Lavender honey is made by the honey bees naturally – from a lavender farm. Or lavender honey can be made by infusing the lavender flowers and buds with the honey on very low heat so the medicinal properties of the honey are not lost.
Lavender stems and leaves can be added to the coals when you’re barbecuing to create a delicious flavor in your culinary dishes.
Varieties to Use
Lavandula angustifolia species – English lavender, true lavender, lavender vera or L. officinalis
These are the best and most aromatic of the lavender species and is widely used for culinary dishes.
- ‘Alba’ - white flowers
- ‘Buena Vista -sweet fragrance
- ‘Cedar Blue -light blue flowers
- ‘Compacta’ - light purple flowers
- ‘Dward Munstead’ -rock herb gardens
- ‘Graves’ -good fresh or dried
- ‘Grey Lady’ -blue flowers
- ‘Hidcote’ -dark purple flowers, sweet strong fragrance
- ‘Erene Doyle’ -dark purple flowers
- ‘Jean Davis’ -pink in bloom
- ‘Lodden Blue’ -semidwarf plant
- ‘Melissa’ -light pink lavender
- ‘Munstead’ -sweet fragrance
- ‘Nana Alba’ -white flowers
- ‘Pastor’s Pride’ -dark lavender blooms
- ‘Rebecca Kay’ -sweet fragrance
- ‘Rosea’ -pink flowers
- ‘Royal Velvet’ -dark purple
- ‘Sachet’ -heady perfume
- ‘Sharon Roberts’ -dark lavender flowers
- Susan Belsinger’ -dark purple flowers
- ‘Tucker’s Early Purple” -dark blue flowers
- ‘Twickel Purple’ -purple flowers
- ‘Victorian Amethyst’ -very fragrant
Pesticide and Chemical Free
Making A Lavender Herb Rub
When you grow your own lavender you don’t have to worry about chemicals. For more fragrant culinary lavender it’s best to grow your own. However, if you need to purchase lavender for cooking then you want to make sure they say it’s for cooking or culinary lavender.