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Lavender - should it be in food?

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Cattermole Sat 08-Aug-20 19:07:11

Curious what people think...

Just had some Co Op Blackcurrant and Lemon ice cream.
DH thought it was lush.
The Junior Engineer thought it tasted like soap.

I checked the ingredients and it said "... with a hint of lavender".

Essential oil, soap, room fragrance, candles, linen spray, all of those things.
Does it work in food, I ask you?

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BettaSplenden Sat 08-Aug-20 19:08:52

God no. Abomination. I love lavender but not to eat

ArriettyJones Sat 08-Aug-20 19:10:09

Nice in lemonade.

CodenameVillanelle Sat 08-Aug-20 19:10:43

No, it's vile

TheSpottedZebra Sat 08-Aug-20 19:11:27

In very limited quantities. Some lavender shortbread- lovely. But too much lavender and it's granny's bath salts.

Augustseemsbetter Sat 08-Aug-20 19:11:33

Not in food for me. I've tried it thinking I'd like it too.

And I wouldn't have a garden without lavender.

Bambooshoot Sat 08-Aug-20 19:12:45

Absolutely not.

I love the smell of freesias, and hyacinth, which are a hundred times nicer than the stink of lavender - but I still don’t want to eat them.

Greenglassteacup Sat 08-Aug-20 19:13:29

No. I like rose or violet flavours but definitely not lavender

MrsGrindah Sat 08-Aug-20 19:13:40

No. Once had some lavender shortbread in a restaurant and the taste stayed in my mouth for 48 hours after! It was like I’d eaten soap.

Travellingraspberry Sat 08-Aug-20 19:14:08

Absolutely not!

ladykuga Sat 08-Aug-20 19:15:38

I had Lavender Chicken at John Torodes old restaurant and it was sublime and a taste sensation. The memory has brought a smile to my face. Thanks.

MikeUniformMike Sat 08-Aug-20 19:16:17

Yes, in chocolate. Guaranteed to make me stay away from it.

Itsmemaggie Sat 08-Aug-20 19:18:13

No. I actually have some of that ice cream in the freezer and was looking forward to it. Not so much now ☹️

Butterer Sat 08-Aug-20 19:18:26

I picked up some Italian lavender a couple of years ago with a label declaring it to be a cooking herb hmm - only because I couldn't find any normal plants in the shop. I have no intention of cooking with it , but it's looking pretty enough in my garden.

ChateauMargaux Sat 08-Aug-20 19:18:29

I add it to cheesecake and it is totally delicious!! Honey, lemon and lavender, sounds like a cold remedy but it is truly tasty. Has to be dried lavender flowers, not flavouring. I have to say I was sceptical.

MrsScrubbingbrush Sat 08-Aug-20 19:18:56

Yes -in small doses.

DD2 (14) makes the most delicious lemon & lavender biscuits and lavender and honey madeleines.

Cabinfever10 Sat 08-Aug-20 19:19:06

Its nice mixed with camomile tea

Augustseemsbetter Sat 08-Aug-20 19:19:18

Maybe like rosemary it would taste better in something savoury.

I'm tempted to try it with chicken now!

LentilBolognese Sat 08-Aug-20 19:19:56

I once had it with some goats cheese and honey in France. I hated the idea, but it was strangely incredible!

itsaratrap Sat 08-Aug-20 19:20:55

It is a herb. Our guinea pig loves it. The humans, not so keen.

IceniSky Sat 08-Aug-20 19:22:01

I'm obsessed with lavender and rose flavour!

Whattheduck Sat 08-Aug-20 19:23:36

Lavender Scones and Lavender Victoria Sponge are delicious

user1294625849274 Sat 08-Aug-20 19:24:44

English or French lavender? Or another kind?

I think French lavender would be a lot less likely to make your food taste like soap/perfume unless you really went overboard.

It's just another herb. You like it or you don't. Maybe if rosemary or basil soaps/perfumes were really popular it would make us less keen on eating them too? Dunno.

I'm not a big fan of most herbs though.

IncrediblySadToo Sat 08-Aug-20 19:25:56


No. I actually have some of that ice cream in the freezer and was looking forward to it. Not so much now ☹️

I HATE lavender. With A Passion!!!

HOWEVER, south of France, lavender ice cream...seriously good!! Doesn't even smell like the nasty stuff.

DENMAN03 Sat 08-Aug-20 19:26:09

Tastes amazing with duck. Can't be heavy handed with it however.

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