Today we shipped out lbs. of our culinary lavender to one of our favorite wholesale customers, Lion Heart Kombucha. Two pounds were our English variety, “Signature Blend”, and one pound was our Provence, Lavandin variety. We greatly appreciate Lion Heart Kombucha…. They produce a luscious “Lavender Lemonade- gentle infusion of lavender and lemon balm. Subtle flavor, but you will notice the medicinal “happy” effects of the herbs almost immediately”!
In the event that you’re trying a recipe that calls for culinary lavender, here are a few of my ideas on how I choose from the two varieties, English or Provence, in a recipe. I usually suggest to my customers who haven’t tried culinary lavender, to make a tea with each different variety. 1/2 tsp of Provence in cup of hot water, and another cup of 1/2 tsp English, steep 5-10 minutes. This gives you the idea of just how different and unique each culinary lavender variety is.
English culinary lavender, our “Signature Blend“, adds a light, delicate hint of lavender. I prefer using it in baking sweets, such as Shortbread, Scones, Cakes, cookies, etc. However, if I’m using a bold flavor of dark chocolate in the recipe, I might add a teaspoon or two of Provence, along with the English lavender. This combination of both culinary lavenders, is a perfect “marriage” that brings a rich, full flavor of lavender into some recipes.
Provence culinary lavender lends a more bold, rich, savory lavender flavor into foods. It is great in meat dishes, beans, soups, bread, salads, and vinaigrette’s etc. Remember for a more fine texture, finely grind the culinary lavender in a spice grinder. Also,I will often use our Hood River Lavender Spice Blend, which is a blend of organic herbs with our culinary Provence lavender, in recipes such as salads, Facassia bread, and vinaigrette’s.
I hope this helps to explain the unique difference in our culinary lavender. Enjoy baking with these lovely, floral flavors!
Here is a photo of Lion Heart Kombuchas