Lavandula, or lavender, is a genus containing 39 flowering species and 400 varieties, and usually takes a form atop your toilet as a potpourri. This purple flower varies extensively with differences in color, size, fragrance, and foliage, and its culinary uses are on the rise.
Every July, the town of Sequim, Washington (AKA the lavender capital of America) hosts their Lavender Festival which brings together local musicians, artists, food vendors, and any entrepreneurs who sell product featuring the plant.
While classic items such as scented lotions, soaps, and air fresheners are present, the culinary fun begins at Nelson’s Duck Pond and Lavender Farm. Here, you have the opportunity to swap berries for flowers with a U-pick option, available to purchase by the bundle.
If you’re feeling hungry after all the picking, take your bundle right on over to the food vendors to see how local farmers utilize this purple power to make these six unreal infused food products.
Culinary lavender is the backbone of all flowered products. Brew the flower straight up if you’re hard core, or blend buds with english breakfast or Earl Grey for a good caffeine kick.
#SpoonTip: Royal Blue is the best variety for culinary uses because of its subtle flavor. These buds can be used in foods such as lavender butter.
Nelson’s sells lavender salts and peppers, and other condiments such as sugar, rubs, and herb blends. The owners told me that their herbs de Provence are a great way to mix up a traditional grilled salmon.
What the fudge? Lavender fudge to be exact. In addition to the mocha flavor pictured, fudge mixes can be found in chocolate and caramel forms. There is also an amazing honey which is made from bees that pollinate the flowers.
4. Baked Goods
Light and lemony, this poundcake has perfectly balanced hints of the herb. For something more decadent, try a chocolate torte mix. This cake mix is a great base for both cupcakes or the full-sized indulgences.
5. Ice Cream
This delicious and creamy white chocolate lavender ice cream hails from Elevated Ice Cream in Port Townsend, the neighboring city to Sequim. They also offer a number of other infused flavors including chocolate, honey, mint, blueberry and raspberry cheesecake.
6. Coffee and Espresso
There is so much more to lavender than lotions and bathroom fresheners. These soothing flavors are a great addition to your favorite recipes, both sweet and savory.