Most lavender flower buds are edible. English lavender cultivars such as Melissa, Royal Velvet, Miss Katherine, Opal Rain, and Avice Hill tend to be sweeter and are used in beverages, cooking, and baking. Hybrid lavender cultivars such as Grosso, Phenomenal, and Provence have more of a camphor flavor and are typically used in soaps, lotions, and savory dishes. Ultimately, you should taste different cultivars and determine what cultivar you like the best. The key to cooking with lavender is to experiment, starting out with a small amount of buds, and add more to taste. Read your lavender recipe carefully, and remember to use 1/3rd the quantity of dried to fresh buds. You should only buy your culinary lavender buds from reputable lavender growers and resellers.
Download our following featured lavender recipes, and check out the Lavender Northwest website for additional beverage, dessert, and savory recipes. You can also search Google for countless other culinary “lavender recipes”. Let us know your favorite cultivars and recipes.
Easy Lavender Tea Lemonade
Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies
Lemon Squares with Lavender
Chocolate Lavender Fudge