Historically known as the "herb of love," lavender is a relative of mint. This aromatic plant has violet flowers and green or pale gray leaves, both of which lend a pleasantly bitter pungency to salad, rubs for poultry and fish and in spice blends, such as herbs de provence. The leaves may also be used to make herb tea or, more accurately, tisane. You can typically find culinary lavender in natural food stores and some produce markets.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Next Up

Herb of the Month: Lavender

Nicknamed the "herb of love," lavender is in season now. For those new to the idea of cooking with lavender, we’ve got simple recipes to get you started.

How to Make Citrus-Lavender Hand Scrub

No need to buy fancy soap when it's so easy to make a home-made hand scrub.

Related Pages