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I want to make lavender ice cream the recipe calls for lavender flowers can I buy the flowers already grown and ready or will I have to grow

I live in Texas so growing them in this crazy weather

asked by Catherine over 3 years ago
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Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

You can buy food-grade lavender at online sources like myspicesage.com, www.lavenderfarms.net, thespicehouse.com, even via amazon.com.

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added over 3 years ago

Do you know of any food store chains that might carry it also thanks so much for the answer I really want to check all these sites out!!

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Diana B

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added over 3 years ago

You could try Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table. If you have any gourmet food or health food shops near you, you might phone them to see if they carry certified organic lavender.

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added over 3 years ago

We have a great Williams Sonoma here!! Thanks so much for all your help!

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added over 3 years ago

I buy my culinary lavender from Williams-Sonoma!

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added over 3 years ago

Thank you so so much!

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Trena Heinrich

Trena is a trusted source on general cooking.

added over 3 years ago

I'm not sure what growing zone in Texas you live in, but I bet you could grow it. I live in California and it blooms multiple times a year. The best culinary cultivar is Lavandula angustifolia commonly known as English Lavender. You should be able to find it at a local nursery or online source. Also, if you'll be using it for cooking do not spray it with pesticides or other chemicals. Don't worry, pests aren't a problem anyway. Good luck!

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added over 3 years ago

Ill have to check my growing zone but ill definitely do that!! Thanks so much!

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SKK
added over 3 years ago

I grow my own culinary lavender. It is easy to grow. Get starts, plant it and it will go on forever. Trena is correct about what kind to grow. Then dry the flowers and grind them in a coffee grinder. When cooking with lavender it is important to use a little bit, or it tastes like soap. Here is a recipe I love http://food52.com/recipes...

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added over 3 years ago

This sounds like a great recipe! Thanks!

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Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 3 years ago

You can use fresh lavender, but be sure it hasn't been sprayed. Look for pots of orgamic plants and use your nose to judge the scent.

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added over 3 years ago

Awesome I will try to look for some this week!

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

Most any natural food store sells lavender blossoms in at least two varieties: organic (for food applications), and non-organic (for potpourri). I trust you understand why the organic variety, while more expensive, is best for foods. The good news is that its flavor when dried is so concentrated that you need minimal amounts.

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added over 3 years ago

Thanks for the tips I appreciate it!!