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Lavandula angustifolia/officinalis
Lavandula angustifolia
Did you know that… ?
  1. …lavender sprigs soaked in oil are brushed onto roasted meats?
  2. …lavender is used to aromatize non-alcoholic beverages and vinegars?
  3. …due to its strongly spicy and bitter taste, lavender is often mixed with rosemary, primarily in French, Italian and Spanish cooking?
  4. …a lavender bath aids circulation and promotes overall health of both adults and children?
  5. …lavender has calming effects on migraines?
  6. …according to the zodiac, lavender is the plant of people born in Virgo?
  7. …lavender is one of the ingredients in Provencal spices?
  8. …lavender as a spice consists of dried and ground flowers and leaves of the Levandula angustifolia plant?
Lavender flowers

Pork skewers with zucchini and apples

400 g pork haunch
2 apples
2-3 small zucchinis
2 onions
2 tablespoons chopped roasted hazelnuts
green lemon, lime
sprig lavender, salt
Marinade: 1 dl apple or grape wine
1 tablespoon honey
clove garlic
1 tablespoon oil
ground pepper, ½ teaspoon lavender leaves

In a bowl, mix honey, wine, crushed garlic, oil, pepper and lavender. In this mix, marinate meat chopped into cubes for at least one hour, coarsely chopped zucchini and pieces of apple. Alternate meat cubes with apples, zucchini and onions onto skewers. Grill, turning skewers and brushing with lavender spring dipped in remaining marinade. When done, salt to taste, sprinkle with nuts and add slice of lime or lemon. Serve with bread, rice or baked potatoes.


Lavender is known for its exquisite aroma from the closets of our grandmothers, where it hung in gauze satchels to not only smell nice, but also repel moths. Ancient Romans added it to their baths (Latin lavare means to wash), in old England it was dusted onto floors to repel insects. The Romans brought it to Europe. It was also used against the plague. Since the 17th century, lavender has been an important ingredient in the French perfume industry.