- Once the color is bright and vivid, that is the time to start cutting.
- Cut the flower stems during the cool of the morning after the dew has dried.
- Both fresh and dried flowers and leaves are used in culinary preparations.
- Spread harvested lavender to dry on a paper towel or paper plate.
- Lay another paper towel on top.
- Microwave on low, and check them every minute.
- Turn them after 2 minutes if they aren’t completely dry.
- Cool and then store in a container.
- figs, halved
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- pinch of salt
- Place figs in sauce pan. Pour over balsamic vinegar. Add salt.
- Simmer until fruits soften. Process using immersion blender.
- Simmer until jelly-like consistency is achieved.
- Lick spoon.
Lavender is best harvested when the plant has not yet gone to seed. The flowering heads can be used either fresh or dried.
When available, I make my tea from fresh lavender. It’s quite fun to see the colors of the buds diffuse into the water.
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lavender (or more if you like)
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Place lavender in tea cup, pour boiling water, steep for a couple of minutes, and enjoy.
As I walked up the small gate leading to the front door, I brushed against the Lavandins still in nursery pots. Ever so fragrant, they take me back to Provence.
Lavendins, or English Lavender Hybrids are the workhorses of Lavenders. Grosso lavandin constitutes 80% of the lavender now grown in France and preferred because it:
- produces larger percent of essential oil
- is not subject to the bacterial wilt of the original lavenders
- can be harvested by the use of large machines which harvest three rows at a time
- is also hardy in winter
85 days, indeterminate — Similar to ‘Cherokee Purple’, very productive, very good flavor. It is productive, a compact indeterminate plant, fruits are oblate, a bit smaller than ‘Cherokee Purple’, shoulders not as dark, but color similarly dusky rose with some occasional green striping. Flavor is best when fully ripe. ~ Victory Seeds
Since the neighborhood squirrels love tomatoes as much as I do, I pick my tomatoes when they turn color, letting them ripen perfectly on the counter.