Lemon Verbena

If you ever come across verveine (or lemon verbena as we call it stateside), buy it. It's not a common plant on the westcoast so snatch it up as soon as you see it. Like mint, it's a great herb to make a tea out of (just pour boiling water over it and let it steep. The french drink it after a big meal to help digest and chez panisse makes a verbena/mint version that sounds awesome). My aunt always had a bush growing outside the back door so she could take a handful of it and shove it in a teapot.

I bought this little plant at the Descanso plant sale a couple of months ago and plan to use it to experiment with different kinds of iced tea and some of these recipes:

Lemon Custards with Lemon Verbena
Lemonade Slushies with Lemon Verbena and Mint
Raspberry Apricot Compote with Champagne and Lemon Verbena
Lemon Verbena and Orange Blossom Fizz

Happy weekend, everyone!


Mlle Paradis said...

the compote sounds delicious!

Fruitful Fusion said...

My in-laws (in North Africa) have verveine growing in their garden. So they pick it and dry it for me and it's wonderful in a tisane for tummy aches! I'd never thought of putting it in a dessert though! Thanks for the links!

laure said...

let me know if you gals try any of these!

prashant said...

great post..
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Leigha said...

Yum. I can just smell it!