Storage Tips: The best way to store fresh Lavender to prevent wilting is to place the stems a tall clear vase or glass with 1-2 inches of fresh water in the bottom
Lavender buds can also be air dried, then placed in a dark airtight container and stored in a cool dry place, such as the pantry, for up to one year.
Usage Ideas: Fresh Lavender buds can be used whole to infuse teas, oils, or even dessert sauces. The buds can also be finely chopped or ground and used in cookies, cakes, and savory breads combined with other herbs.
Try this recipe for Lavender cookies: Combine ¼ tsp chopped fresh Lavender with ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 cup softened butter, 1 beaten egg, 2 cups flours, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt and 1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake in a 350 oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and firm. Cool then sprinkle with more fresh lemon zest and powdered sugar.
Fun Facts: The name Lavender comes from the Latin word “lavare” which means “ to wash” (10)
Studies have shown that the aroma from Lavender has a soothing and calming effect (3)
Lavender originated from the Mediterranean regions of Europe, and today it is also found growing throughout Australia and the United States (10)