Lavender – it’s not just for soap anymore

by simona on December 8, 2010

in Colors,Flowers,Lavender,Purple,Uncategorized

This fall I made a connection with an amazing lady named Lila.  Lila and her family own a genuine organic lavender farm just a couple of hours drive away from us, near Paso Robles, CA.

Imagine that.  Fields and fields of purple blooming lavender, swaying in the gentle breeze.   10 different varieties.  I can almost smell it now.

I asked if I could set up a tent in the middle of the field, and Lila said sure.

Central Coast Organic Lavender Farm

Lila and I have been discussing lavender jewelry.  Perfect little lavender blooms, turned into earrings,  pendants, you name it.

Lavender as a plant can symbolize luck, devotion, and trust. For the more supersitious, lavender has the power to avert the “evil” eye.  How could you go wrong with lavender then?
Especially, when talking with Lila, you find out how passionate she is about the aromatherapy applications of lavender:  it relieves muscle pain, migraines and other headaches, and inflammation.  It can also increase energy, and promote harmony….
So, when I met up with Lila again last weekend, and just “stumbled” across the bottles of culinary lavender, and she said:  “Just take one of each, and get back to me”, I took her up on it.
I brought both the French and the English varieties home to much general excitement.  Much sniffing and tasting followed.
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The girls were so excited to make something yummy with it.  It’s amazing how different the English variety is from the French.  One would think lavender is lavender is lavender, right?  Not so!  I’m not very good at describing scents, so you might have to order your own pair of jars to figure it out.
The best way I can describe it… the English is more sweet, while the French is somewhat spicy.  The English has a better color though – it really looks like lavender in shade, while the french is kind of gray.
This is what I came home to the next day, courtesy of the hard-working children, who took a break from studying for their finals:

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Lavender Limoncello Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. dried Lavender flowers
  • 2 Lemons, zest & juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. Limoncello liqueur (used our own homemade, but that’s another post!)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups + white flour

Set oven @ 350° F.  Blend butter, sugar & Lavender.  Add in lemon zest & juice then the egg & Limoncello.  Blend in the 2 cups flour & the baking powder next.  Dough should be soft but not oily.  Add more flour by the tablespoon if needed.  Roll into 2 logs in wax paper. Chill 20 minutes.  Slice into 1/2 inch thick rounds, makes approx 30-36.  Bake 10-15 minutes, until bottoms are pale gold.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Lynda Marie Dowling:  http://www.happyvalleylavender.com in British Columbia, Canada

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Lila Avery-Fuson December 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I can hardly wait to try this recipe! Thank you Simone and your lovely girls for capturing the true essence of one of my favorite herbs, Lavender.

I will try this recipe for friends and family as well as share it with my customers who too, just love all things lavender. I can just imagine a Lavender Tea complete with your Lavender cookies upon a table in mid June here on the farm. We have to do this Simone……awe the sweet nature of lavender is so beautiful.

Thank you for sharing.

Warm Blessings, Lila

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pharmacist December 22, 2010 at 1:34 am

Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

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