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Herbal Visionz NZ Culinary Lavender Oil. 10ml.

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Herbal Visionz NZ Culinary Lavender Oil. 10ml.

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Herbal Visionz is primarily a Lavender Distillery, and working Lavender Farm. One of the first to be established in Canterbury, we are an award winning Distillery, not only winning awards for our own lavender essential oils but also for our many clients who distill with us.

Lavender is a member of the Lamiaceae family, which includes many indispensible culinary herbs, such as the mints, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano and marjoram. Next time you’re out in your herb garden, take a close look at these herbs. You’ll notice that their stems, rather than being round, are actually square, which is one of the distinctive characteristics of this illustrious family. Another characteristic, of course, is that all these herbs produce highly fragrant essential oils. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that lavender can be used in cooking. Lavender can be substituted for any of these other herbs in cooking (except basil – I wouldn’t care to try a lavender pesto, but who knows?). It is, perhaps, most similar to rosemary or thyme, but imparts a delicate, floral flavour to dishes.

True English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is the lavender most commonly used in cooking. It is described as having a sweet, floral flavour, with citrus notes. English lavender works the best, as it does not contain the camphor present in all other lavenders. I have, however, accidentally used Lavandula x intermedia in a batch of muffins, and they turned out fine. I think this was because I had substituted lavender for cinnamon in the recipe, so the spiciness that the camphor added was not out of place. Add too much though, and your muffins will taste like mothballs. Also, other varieties contain compounds such as borneol, which should not be ingested.

Note: Box is no longer included.

Lavender Sugar available separately

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