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Culinary Lavender's is most often considered native to the Mediterranean region but its natural range is in Arabia, the Canary Islands, Eastern Africa, India and Southern Europe. Lavender's popularity in cooking extends to both savory and sweet dishes.
Our Lavender is sourced in France and can quickly overpower a recipe so use sparingly. This is especially true when using to marinate meats. Long marinating results in an unacceptable flavor. Lavender has an intense, spicy and sweetly floral aroma with mint and lemon undertones. The taste has a touch of camphor with a hint of bitterness. It has also been described as having the intriguing appeal of a good wine's bouquet.
Typically the dried buds (also called flowers) are used for cooking although some chefs will also use the leaves. The essential oil of the Lavender Herb is only found in the buds.
Culinary Lavender flowers are most commonly found in dessert recipes, but as you become more comfortable cooking with this herb, you'll quickly find that it is also a spectacular addition to savory foods. Lavender, like rosemary, adds a robust flavor to roasted meats and is particularly good with chicken, lamb, pheasant and rabbit.
For use in desserts we like to grind a few Lavender flowers along with some sugar into a fine powder called Lavender Sugar - this provides for optimum flavor as the grinding process breaks down the buds while the sugar absorbs the aromatic essential oils. This is especially good with black and red fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, cherries, plums and strawberries.
Lavender works well in combination with marjoram, Mediterranean oregano, parsley, rosemary, savory and thyme.
Helpful hint: Be sure that if you are cooking with Lavender that you are using a culinary grade lavender. Do not buy lavender that you are going to cook with from a craft shop as craft lavender typically contains high levels of toxic pesticides.** This product is certified kosher.
In September of 2019 our Chef/Owner, David Humphrey, started A&H Provisions to help bring a local option for spices to the Atlanta, Georgia area. An option that will give local residents the ability to have a spice merchant help them make the right choices when purchasing their spices. We will source our product so as to provide you with freshest product possible.
Chef David has been in the culinary industry for over 25 years. His first job was at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. After that he was hooked on the industry. He would continue to work with food whether it was in the back or front of house, in positions from entry level to managerial. In 2010, Chef David enrolled in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Chicago and then graduated in March of 2012 with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He then began working at fine dining restaurants in Chicago, amongst them were, Bistro Bordeaux, Fork and A10. In 2016, He moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia and began working at restaurants there, then eventually switched over to Private Chef work before starting A&H Provisions.
At A&H Provisions, we have the belief that making great food starts with a solid FOUNDATION. Our spices provide that foundation for ultimate FLAVOR, which will give you the greatest tasting FOOD for you and your family.