These lavender jams and lavender jelly are delicious, a true culinary delight!
They are made locally by Isla’s Foods using Angustifolia lavender bud grown right here at B&B Family Farm. Debbie has worked with us over the years to select fruit combinations that are truly delectable. She uses as many local ingredients as she can, all real fruit, and has years of experience in baking, cooking, and canning.
If you’re wondering which one to try, this is our advice; try them all! Or, select the fruit you like best and go with that. There really isn’t a bad one in the mix.
The Marionberry Jalepeño Lavender
is similar to a peppered jelly, sweet with a hint of spicy, and goes well with a cheese spread. Marionberries are native to this area and used in many local treats. Ingredients: Marionberries, Pure Cane Sugar, Jalapeños, B&B Angustifolia Lavender, Citrus Pectin,Nutmeg.
The Blueberry Lavender
is a low-sugar option, but you’d never know as it is really yummy even with less sugar Ingredients: Blueberries, Lemon, B&B Angustifolia Lavender, Pure Cane Sugar, Citrus Pectin.
Raspberry Peach Lavender
is definitely a farm favorite. Ingredients: Peaches, Raspberries, Pure Cane Sugar, B&B Angustifolia Lavender, Lemon, Citrus Pectin.
often takes people by surprise in how delightful it tastes, an unexpected combination of flavors that complement each other nicely. Ingredients: Pears, Pure Cane Sugar, Vanilla Bean, B&B Angustifolia Lavender, Citrus Pectin.
does not have a fruit added so it is the best way to know what plain lavender really tastes like (without actually eating the plant) and is quite delicious. Ingredients: B&B Angustifolia Lavender, water, pure cane sugar, lemon juice, citrus pectin.
Lavender, with its delightful aroma and enchanting purple blooms, is not only a popular ingredient in perfumes and essential oils but also a surprising and delicious addition to jams and jellies. This versatile herb brings a unique and delightful flavor profile to these sweet spreads, elevating them to new levels of taste and sophistication. From its history as a culinary herb to its potential health benefits, lavender has proven its worth as a delectable and charming ingredient in lavender jams and jellies.
Historically, lavender has been used in cooking for centuries, particularly in Mediterranean cuisine. The ancient Romans and Greeks cherished this herb for its aromatic qualities and believed it could enhance the flavor of their dishes. As culinary traditions spread across Europe, lavender found its way into the kitchens of France and England, where it became an integral part of various recipes, including desserts and preserves.
The magic of lavender lies in its floral, slightly sweet, and herbaceous flavor. When incorporated into lavender jams and jellies, it infuses the spreads with a unique taste that sets them apart from the more common fruit-based varieties. The lavender’s taste is subtle yet distinct, adding a hint of sophistication and depth to the overall flavor profile. It pairs exceptionally well with fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and blackberries, enhancing their natural sweetness while providing a captivating floral note.
One of the reasons lavender works so wonderfully in jams and jellies is its versatility. Whether used alone or in combination with other herbs or fruits, it can be adapted to suit various tastes and preferences. Some recipes call for dried lavender buds, while others utilize lavender-infused water or lavender essential oil for a more intense flavor. Experimenting with different forms of lavender can yield a wide array of delicious results, making it an exciting ingredient for adventurous home cooks and professional chefs alike.
Beyond its delightful taste, lavender also boasts potential health benefits. It is known for its calming properties, often used to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Including lavender-infused jams and jellies in your diet may not only be a treat for your taste buds but also a way to unwind and enjoy a moment of tranquility. As with any culinary ingredient, moderation is key, but the subtle incorporation of lavender jams into your diet may contribute to a more enjoyable and relaxing culinary experience.
Furthermore, the vibrant purple hue of lavender adds a visually appealing element to the jams and jellies. This eye-catching color can make these spreads stand out when presented on a breakfast table or gifted to loved ones. The visual allure of lavender-infused jams and jellies adds to the overall sensory experience, making them an excellent choice for special occasions and gifts.
In conclusion, lavender’s inclusion in jams and jellies has brought a delightful twist to traditional sweet spreads. Its rich culinary history, distinctive flavor profile, and potential health benefits make it a captivating and delicious ingredient. Lavender’s ability to enhance the taste of various fruits while adding a touch of sophistication and tranquility to the spreads is a testament to its versatility and charm. Whether you are a culinary enthusiast or simply enjoy exploring new flavors, lavender-infused jams, and jellies are an excellent choice for anyone seeking a delightful and unique culinary experience. So, next time you come across lavender-infused preserves, don’t hesitate to give them a try and savor the enchanting taste of this delightful herb.