If you are reading this blog on regular bases you must have noticed that I like exotic things. I am always in search for something new and never get tired of experimentation. Interestingly enough, we do not necessarily need "exotic" ingredients to come up with something exotic.
I was eying a jar of edible lavender from the Los Poblanos ranch in my collection of herbs and came up with an idea for a maybe a bit unusual smoothie. But why not?
Lavender & Peach - a match made in heaven's orchard! Some combination seem just right and this one is simply divine.
I added two teaspoons of lavender blossoms, but if you have never used edible lavender before, you may want to start with a smaller amount. Blend the ingredients together, taste your smoothie and then decide whether you want to add some more. Make sure you are using the culinary grade of lavender. To release flavor from lavender you may want to crash the blossoms using pestle and mortar.
This smoothie would be nothing without honey. At first I considered using mild Provencal lavender honey, but changed my mind and used a bit more intense thyme honey, instead.
- 3-4 ripe peaches
- 2 tsp edible lavender flowers
- 3 Tbsp thyme honey
- 1 cup almond milk
- tiny pinch pink Himalaya salt
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Taste the smoothie and add more honey or more lavender, or another peach. Just make sure you are tasting both, peaches and the lavender.
- Pour into tall glasses and enjoy in good company!
Lavender is a very useful herb. You can use it externally and internally to cure various ailments, and in aroma therapy to calm your nerves and induce sleep.
Polyphenols in lavender can help reduce the bad bacteria in your gut and thus, help with bloating and improve digestion. Lavender has overall antiviral and antimicrobial properties and may help you maintain a strong immune system.
In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique
P.S. Keep in mind that adding too much lavender would make your smoothie bitter. Also, oral use of lavender is not recommended for children. Caution is advised.