How to Dry Lavender:
- Cut flowers in morning – after dew evaporates yet before heat of day
- (Rubber) band together in bunches of about a dozen or so stems
- Hang upside down in a warm dimly lit space with adequate ventilation
- Dry for one to weeks – until stalks are completely dried
- Once dried – dislodge the buds by rolling them back/forth in a towel or newspaper
- Store buds in an air tight container
Use your Hidcote and Munstead blooms in late spring and summer dishes. Fresh blooms should be submerged into water for a minute to release any dirt or insects hanging on. Dry the fresh lavender by wrapping them in a towel and lightly squeezing them. Lavender mixes beautifully with herbs such as rosemary, thyme and oregano.
Use fresh or dried lavender in the following dishes:
- Chicken (especially roasted chicken – my favorite!)
- Tuna or other strong flavored fish
- Salads (fresh lavender preferably)
- Sweets – cookies and cakes
- Heavy sauces (usually made with alcohol reductions/heavy creams)
- Lavender honey - heat clean fresh blooms (no chemicals used) in regular or other flavored honey on low until lightly simmering. Strain flowers or leave in honey. Cool and enjoy.
Visit our Lavender Plants department for a great selection of all of our wonderfully fragrant Lavender Plant varieties.