As some of you may know, while I was studying in London last year I attended some floristry courses. I’ve been really passionate about flowers since I was little, maybe it’s something my mother or grandmother seeded in me. There have been flowers at home as far as I can remember and as I grew older I started to appreciate them even more… well anyway, back in Chile I’ve been reading and studying about “edible flowers” – here it’s not even a topic and only few people know about this. So here is my first try in a quite basic recipe with lavender: Lavender lemonade. Most people think of this flower as a scent, not a flavour… but if you give it a try it’s amazing!
*Be careful not to use flowers that have chemicals or pesticides, I would suggest that you grow your own ones or buy them at an organic market.
1. Cut the seeds from the flower. 4-6 tablespoons, you can also use the whole flower.
2. Put them in a bowl and add a cup of boiling water.
3. Let it steep for 15 – 20 min.
4. Strain the lavender bits out of the liquid
5. Add half a cup of lemon juice
*Here comes the MAGIC PART: when you add the lemon juice to the “lavender water” the transparent liquid turns pink! really! actual pink! It’s like adding ink to your water!
6. Fill the rest with cold water – add sugar or sweetener as you prefer
In addition to home kitchen chemistry fun, you get a floral and refreshing beverage to cool down with over the summer. Be sure to add water to taste it; keep in mind that you’re probably going to serve it over ice (so don’t dilute the heck out of it). You could also keep it fairly concentrated and serve it with fizzy or sparkling water over ice for a little lavender lemon soda action… your call. But do the chemistry lab experiment for fun!
Some facts about lavender:
- It induces sleep, which has made it a common recommendation for alternative treatments for insomnia. It has such a relaxing impact on people that it can often even replace medicine for sleep issues.
- Good for your nervous system, helps a lot with anxiety. I was reading an article that in Germany they are even using it as an anti depression medicine.
- Helps a lot with migraines and headaches.
- Good to heal stress
- Improves blood circulation
- Useful for digestion because it increases the mobility of food within the intestine
- I also read about some dermatologic research were lavender is great for acne treatments.
- Good for skin issues, such as allergies, bacterial infections, irritation and scares
*Also, if you are travelling around the Provence in France, you must pay a visit to the Senanque Abbey. It’s a small monastery surrounded by lavender fields that monks have been growing for centuries. One of the most beautiful things I’ve seen. It’s near Gordes and Avignon. Lavender festival…