Lavender can soothe the spirit, but are you familiar with its culinary uses?
The Maui Book of Lavender provides everything you ever wanted to know about lavender—from its history and healing powers to tips about how to grow them in your own garden and use them in the kitchen.
The Maui Book of Lavender actually smells like lavender. The flexible hardcover book has lavender-scented endpapers and is written by Alii Chang, Lani Medina Weigert and Jill Engledow. Chang and Weigert are co-owners of Alii Kula Lavender, Maui’s Upcountry lavender farm on the slopes of Haleakala. For more information about touring their farm, call (808) 878-3004.
In The Maui Book of Lavender, you’ll also find more than 35 recipes that incorporate lavender. Many of the ingredients used in the recipes can be purchased here.
As promised in our March/April 2009 issue of HAWAII Magazine, here’s the recipe for chef Crystal Carroll’s Lavender-Lilikoi Chicken:
In a medium bowl, combine chicken thighs, lavender herb dressing and lavender gourmet seasoning; mix well. Chicken may be cut into strips if desired. Cook over medium heat until done. Also great when cooked on a barbecue grill.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté soy sauce, sugar and jelly, stirring until sauce gets thick. Pour over chicken and serve with rice or potatoes. Excellent over salad greens, too.
For more lavender recipes, pick up a copy of The Maui Book of Lavender from Watermark Publishing by calling (808) 587-7766 or toll free (866) 900-BOOK (900-2665). Or, click here to order online. Copies are also available at the Alii Kula Lavender farm or by ordering it here.
Photos courtesy of Watermark Publishing