Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lavender Peach Punch Recipe


How to make Lavender Peach Punch

Summer on the mind? Join local chef, Anna Maria de Freitas as she makes a batch of Lavender Peach Punch at the Farm using the Organic Culinary Lavender that we grow and harvest from our own fields on San Juan Island.

Lavender Peach Punch Recipe

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Doesn't this sound delightful on a hot, summer afternoon? We are looking forward to seeing Chef Anna Maria this year at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival, where she will be demonstrating many more tasty lavender recipes.
Organic Culinary Lavender from Pelindaba Lavender Farm
To make your own Lavender Peach Punch at home you'll need Organic Culinary Lavender. Grown exclusively in our organically certified fields, our Organic Culinary Lavender comes from the first of the flowers to be harvested each summer.

For cooking it's important to use culinary lavender that has relatively low levels of essential oil. Lavender essential oil, although it’s fragrance is wonderful, can be paradoxically bitter to the taste when used in excess.  When used in small amounts, it lends a delightfully delicate yet distinctive flavor to a wide variety of food and beverages.  Too much and the bitterness can drown everything else out.

The lavender we use in all our culinary products and recipes comes from "our culinary harvest" which is harvested early in the summer when the first blossoms begin to appear and the build-up of essential oil in the buds is still in its early stages.

Lavender harvested later in the season will contain more essential oil than is desirable for cooking, and lead to a less enjoyable culinary experience.  Used properly, however, it can work extraordinarily well — interestingly on both the savory and sweet sides of the palate.

So, if you have a lavender plant at home be sure to harvest for cooking early in the season when just a couple of the buds have bloomed. If you want to make sachets or other fragrant crafts, wait to harvest until the end of the Summer when all the buds have flowered.

For more about cooking with lavender.

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