Surchoix Lavender Flowers are a versatile and much underused herb for cooking. In today’s up market restaurants and bistros, fresh edible flowers are making a comeback as enhancements to both the flavour and appearance of food. It is also and more usually used herbally.
Try adding a few to your Herbes de Provence mixture – you’ll be amazed at the subtle yet extraordinary difference Lavender will make.
Important- please Read -Surchoix Lavender Flowers:
EDIBLE LAVENDER IS NORMALLY GREY WITH A HINT OF BLUE AND SMELLS VERY STRONGLY – THESE EXTRA BLUE LAVENDER FLOWERS ARE NOT DYED BUT HAVE BEEN HAND SELECTED FOR THOSE GOURMETS WHO DEMAND A VIVID BLUE FOR PRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES SUCH AS CHOCOLATIERS
As a member of the same family as many of our most popular herbs, it is not surprising that surchoix lavender flowers are edible and that their use in food preparation is also returning. Flowers and leaves can be used fresh or dried, and both buds and stems can be used dried. Lavender is a member of the mint family and is close to rosemary, sage, and thyme. It is best used with fennel, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, and savory.
English Lavender (L. angustifolia in general and Munstead/Hidcote varieties, in particular when freshly picked) have the sweetest fragrance of all the lavenders and is the one most commonly used in cooking. The uses of lavender are limited only by your imagination. Lavender has a sweet, floral flavour, with lemon and citrus notes. The potency of the lavender flowers increases with drying. In cooking, use 1/3 the quantity of dried flowers to fresh. The key to cooking with lavender is to experiment; start out with a small amount of flowers, and add more as you go.
NOTE: Adding too much surchoix lavender flowers to your recipe can be like eating perfume and will make your dish bitter. Because of the strong flavour of lavender, the secret is that a little goes a long way.
Surchoix Lavender Flowers, in particular, because they are so blue, add a beautiful colour to salads. Lavender can also be substituted for rosemary in many bread recipes. The flowers can be put in sugar and sealed tightly for a couple of weeks then the sugar can be substituted for ordinary sugar for a cake, buns or custards. Grind the lavender in a herb or coffee grinder or mash it with mortar and pestle or buy the lavender already in powdered form.
The spikes and leaves of lavender can be used in most dishes in place of rosemary in most recipes. Use the spikes or stems for making fruit or shrimp kebabs.
Surchoix Lavender Flowers look beautiful and taste good too in a glass of champagne, with chocolate cake, or as a garnish for sorbets or ice creams. Lavender lends itself to savoury dishes also, from hearty stews to wine-reduced sauces. Diminutive blooms add a mysterious scent to custards, flans or sorbets.
Herbally, an infusion made from a pinch of the flowers is very relaxing and calming but is often made using milk as the liquid rather than water.