Photo: Hill Country Lavender Farm
Lavender Flower Power
by Lori Grossman
The beautiful Hill Country north of San Antonio is famous for its breathtaking stands of wildflowers – especially Texas' state flower, the bluebonnet. But now, there's also lavender "in them thar hills." And it's not just for sachets – you can eat it. too.
For those of you reading this in the UK, you must be wondering what all the fuss is about. After all, you've known about lavender for hundreds of years. Norfolk Lavender, in Heacham, Norfolk, has been commercially cultivating the flowering herb for over 70 years. Queen Elizabeth I supposedly drank lavender tea to relieve her migraines. Queen Victoria was so fond of lavender water and perfume that she had her own special supplier who was granted the title "Purveyor of Lavender Essence to Her Majesty the Queen."
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So many lavender farms have sprouted in the area between Blanco, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, and Austin, that Blanco hosts a Lavender Festival every June that attracts thousands of lavender lovers.
Here are some recipes that use lavender blossoms.
Lavender Shortbread CookiesTo get more information about Texas lavender, try www.blancolavenderfestival.com or www.hillcountrylavender.com.
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