I’m getting so anxious for warmer weather that I broke down and began searching my cupboards for a small, sweet taste of summer. I decided to make a batch of Lavender Infused Honey.
I have grown and harvested lavender for years and it had never really bothered me that my dried blooms would soon fade to a dull grey colour. Until I happened upon a vendor selling lavender wreaths at the farmers’ market. Her blooms were still so vibrant, they hadn’t faded at all. I had to ask her how she managed to keep that gorgeous purple colour so bright and fresh.
She told me her secret… and now I’m going to share it with you!
It’s simple, the trick is to dry your fresh-cut lavender in total darkness. In fact, it’s best to harvest your lavender first thing in the morning, before the hot sun has had a chance to damage the blooms. So, snip your blossoms with clean, sharp shears and pop them into a clean paper bag with small air vents cut in it and store in a cool location away from any light. The result, vibrant purple lavender blooms that carry with them all of the relaxing flavour and aroma that comes with a warm summer morning.
So, you can see why I reached for this sweet, floral treat to lift my spirits.
Lavender Infused Honey
- 1 Cup Local Honey
- 1 Tbsp Dried Organic Lavender Blossoms
- That's it!
In a small heavy-bottom saucepan, place a small, clean, dry, sterilized canning jar. Add 2 cups tap water to the pot and begin warming the water on low heat, like a double boiler.
Add Honey and Lavender to the jar and allow to warm slowly, making sure not to overheat or scorch the honey.
Allow the Honey and Lavender to infuse for 10-15 minutes before removing it from the heat.
To store: Cool on a kitchen towel before storing with lid in a cool dry place for 3-6 months.
To enjoy: Once cool, serve over warm toast or stir into your favourite tea.
If you find you don't love the intense flavour that comes with the whole blossoms, simply warm the honey again and strain out the blossoms; the lavender flavour will still be infused in the honey itself, just much more subtle.
Drizzle this gorgeous, rustic honey over warm bread, as a glaze for muffins or use it to sweeten your favourite herbal tea and revel in the taste of summer.