As a spice, lavender is best known as an important aspect of French cuisine and is an integral ingredient in herbs de Provence seasoning blends. Lavender may be used on its own to give a delightful, floral flavor to desserts, meats, and breads. The flowers can also be layered within sugar to infuse it with its distinctive aroma for use in cookies and candies. Similar to cilantro, some individuals perceive the taste of lavender in a manner that is undesirable within the cuisine. An estimated 10% of the population interprets lavender to have a soapy and unsavoury flavor. For this reason, it may be wise to exercise caution while using lavender as a flavoring agent.
PARTS USED: Flowers
TYPICAL PREPARATIONS: Teas, tinctures, and added to baked goods. Cosmetically it has a multitude of uses and can be included in ointments for its beneficial properties.