Scent is a miracle memory jogger. A gentle whiff of certain varietals of garden flower can transport us to another place and time. Jonquils, daphne, jasmine… And of course, the oldest of old school, lavender.
Lavender is a hardy flower, and there is a variety that will grow in every season (French lavender flourishes in the winter, the English variety in summer) Dried Lavender can also be purchased in some health food shops.
As well as its incredible scent, lavender also has soothing and medicinal powers, is useful in crafts and is brilliant ingredient in recipes.
The angustifolia lavender (or English lavender) is the variety which can be used in cooking. They have a darker flower, are sweeter in fragrance and have low camphoraceous content. We have found some recipes for you to try; from the simple, to the slightly more complex, and all delicious! Maybe these recipes will ignite some of your lavender scented memories. Give them a go!