My friend, Le-Thu and I went lavender picking (and berry picking) the other day at Graymarsh Farms in Sequim, Washington.
We spent a couple of hours snipping grosso (French) lavender and taking lots and lots of pictures. Before I give you suggestions on what to do with your lavender, here are some photos from our lavender picking trip.
What to Do with Your Harvest
1. Cooking with Lavender ~ Lavender is in the mint family so you can make amazing culinary creations with it. I have found the best lavenders to use in cooking are English lavenders – Munstead, Royal Velvet and Hicote – because it has a sweet taste. French lavender and intermediate lavenders, such as Grosso, have a higher concentration in oils making them more bitter. A rule for lavender in cooking is that a little goes a long way.
One of my favorite herb blends in Herbs de Provence which includes lavender. I use it on lamb, chicken, potatoes, sautéed vegetables.
2. Make Raspberry Lavender jam.
3. Make Maple Lavender Limeade.
4. Make Lavender Vinegar.
5. Use lavender in soothing, calming bath salts to relieve tension, stress and insomnia.
6. Make lavender infused sugar to give as gifts.
7. Make Lavender wands. This is one the main reasons Le-Thu and I went lavender picking. She loves these and they sell for big bucks in stores!
After we left Garymarsh Farms, we headed to Purple Haze.
Have you been lavender picking? How do you like to use your lavender bounty?