Lavender

One of the loveliest sights around Provence is a field of lavender in bloom. Lavender scents the summer air.

Many people don't realize that you can cook with lavender. Enjoy the fragrance of Provence by trying out one of the recipes below. Always make sure the lavender is food grade and not treated with oils or insecticides. Too much lavender can be like eating perfume so it is better to use it sparingly at first and add more if needed.

Lavender Chicken Breasts in Champagne Sauce

Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread

Provence Fettuccine Nuovi

The above recipes are from The Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley.

 

Lavender Fun Facts

According to Wikipedia:

During Roman times the blossoms were sold for 100 denarii per pound, which was about the same as months wage for a farm labourer or 50 haircuts for the local barber. The Romans used lavender in their bath water and along with many other herbs, they indroduced it to Britain.

During the times of the plague the glove makers of Grasse would scent their leathers with lavender oil and many seemed to stay plague free. This story could have some validity as the plague was transmitted by fleas and lavender is known to repel them.

 

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