Get some culinary mileage out of your herb garden when you mix salt, an ingredient you use every day, with fragrant lavender. The combination is flavorful and versatile.
Lavender is a favorite in the herb garden, due to its purple blossoms, silvery foliage and floral fragrance. Not only is it popular in beauty products, but lavender is a favorite in cooking, too. Try lavender salt sprinkled on chocolate, or in savory dishes with chicken, beef or lamb. Lavender and lemon is considered a classic pairing.
Get started cooking with lavender with this simple salt. Simply grind a pinch of dried lavender buds with about one-fourth cup of coarse kosher salt in a spice grinder or food processor, or even use a mortar and pestle. Stir together and store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Try your new lavender salt on slices of fresh baguette slathered with unsalted butter. This can be an intense flavor, so just a sprinkle is all that’s needed.
More ideas for cooking with lavender salt:
- Goat cheese and honey
- Roasted chicken
- Roasted potatoes and other root vegetables
- Savory shortbread and crackers
- White chocolate
- Sugar cookies
Lavender is native to the Mediterranean and thrives in arid Western climates. Lavender can be winter hardy to USDA Zone 5, but check plant tags for the variety that will grow best in your area.
Spanish Eyes Fernleaf Lavender is the best choice for Southern, humid climates. It’s perennial in Zones 7 to 10 and grows 16 to 25 inches tall. Spanish Eyes is a popular choice for containers. Be sure to provide good air circulation around the plants, and add plenty of organic compost to the potting mix to help with drainage.
HOW TO DRY LAVENDER:
- Harvest lavender before the buds fully open.
- Pull flowers into a bunch and tie with a rubber band.
- Cut flowers just above the leaves.
- Dry lavender by hanging it upside down, out of the sun in a dark, dry place like a shed or garage, for up to a month.
Lavender isn’t the only herb from your garden that can be mixed with salt. Try fresh rosemary salt with lamb, chicken or fresh and grilled vegetables.
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