WHB #46: Lavender in England and Lavender Lemonade

Tony of Anthony’s Kitchen is hosting this week the Weekend Herb blogging. Since WHB # 34 the event travels every fortnight round the world and this week the recap comes from Mumbai, India. India is full of interesting herbs and spices, but I stay in Europe and write about lavender.

Although the Provence is more famous for its lavender fields, there are very nice lavender fields in Cotswolds, England.

WHB#46 Eingang Lavendelfarm WHB#46 Lavendelfeld 001
WHB#46 Lavendelfeld 002 WHB#46 Lavendelfeld 003

The lavender blossoms give nectar for lavender honey. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in potpourris to to give a fresh fragrance and as a deterrent to moths.

The plant is also grown commercially for extraction of lavender oil from the flowers. This oil is used as an antiseptic, for aromatherapy and cosmetic products

WHB#46 Tafel Destillerie WHB#46 Lavendelfarm Destille

Lavender is also used as a herb. You can use the blossoms and the leaves. I cut the faded blossoms from my lavender. With the leaves I prepared a

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

Very tasty with a nice smell of lavender and a lavender aftertaste.

Lavendel im Garten Lavendelblüte  und -blätter 1/4 Tasse Lavendelblätter
Herstellung Lavendeltee 001 Herstellung Lavendeltee 002 Lavendeltee

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Title: Lavender Lemonade – WHB #46
Categories: Lemonade
Yield: 6-8 Servings

625 ml Water (1)
300 grams Sugar, thereof 40 g brown sugar
1/4 cup Lavender leaves,about 5 grams, chopped
500 ml Water, sparkling (2)
180 ml Lemon juice
Ice cubes

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modified: http://www.kochmix.de/rezept-franzoesische-lavendel-limonade-27727-2.html
— Edited *RK* 08/15/2006 by
— Ulrike Westphal@Küchenlatein

First, heat the first measures of water (1)and sugar to a boil until
the sugar dissolves. Add lavender and let the mixture cool to room
temperature. Strain out the lavender. In a pitcher, add lavender
infusion to second measure of sparkling water (2) and lemon juice.

Stir and add more sugar to taste. Chill and serve lemonade over ice.

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7 thoughts on “WHB #46: Lavender in England and Lavender Lemonade

  1. kalyn (Gast)

    Lovely
    Very nice photos. I can tell I need to plant some lavender. I’m guessing it’s a perennial plant, right? The lemonade sounds intersting. I think I’m not sure what lavender really tastes like.

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  2. gattina (Gast)

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    what a wonderful tour at the field!!! Beautiful photos! Yes, I feel like I’m smelling the lovely lavander here too!

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