Lavender is an aromatic herb in the mint family. It is used in baking, drinks and even savory dishes. Lavender is extremely potent when fresh and should be used sparingly. Most often sold dried, lavender can be infused with water, cream or other substances to create a delicate floral flavor. Lavender blossoms are bright purple, but can range from blue to pink.
Lavenders Lavandula are a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to the Mediterranean region south to tropical Africa and to the southeast regions of India. The genus includes annuals, herbaceous plants, subshrubs, and small shrubs.
Edible lavender is most often purple in color. It grows in mounds and the flowers grow as upright spikes. The flowers can vary in shape and size, depending on the variety.
Selecting and Buying
Conserving and Storing
Lavender can be picked and stored upside down to dry. To retain the best flavor, store in an airtight container.