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Summer Recipe Favorites with Lavender

I admit that when we first started growing lavender I was quite reluctant to add lavender to my kitchen. But here's the secret: it's all in the variety! Lavenders in the angustifolia family or also referred to as "true" lavenders are best for recipes. More like an herb than a flower. Try specific cultivars like "Royal Velvet", "New Zealand Blue", "Buena Vista" and "French Fields" which are among my favorites. As summer approaches here are some of my favorite recipes to try:

Lavender Lemonade

1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice or 8 large lemons

4 cups water

Lavender Simple Syrup