3 things you may not know about lavender
Although used for centuries in herbal remedies and as a decorative accent in the garden, culinary lavender has only recently made its way into recipes.
It is a member of the mint family and pairs well with rosemary, thyme or sage.
1 tip you can't live without
Lavender oil is great for minor burns. Applied directly to the skin, the oil helps ease the pain and will help your skin heal faster.
2 ways to try lavender right now
In your sugar. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh or dried buds to 4 cups of sugar (or to taste). Either sieve out the buds before use or keep them in for baking lavender cookies or shortbread.
1 type of lavender to plant in your garden
Culinary lavender produces perfect buds ready for picking just as the colour begins to appear but before they begin to flower. Look for Lavandula x intermedia (Provence lavender) or Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender).
1 lavender treat to look for at the grocery store
Lavender honey, available at many gourmet food stores, comes from bees that nestle exclusively on the sweet flowers of lavender to produce this unique, floral flavour.