Lavender is an aromatic, edible member of the mint family that has a variety of culinary uses. This versatile herb can be found in the kitchens of creative home cooks as well as in those of upscale restaurants and cafes.
Lavender can be substituted for rosemary in recipes or used in tandem with that herb for a complementary effect. It also pairs well with fennel, thyme, oregano and sage. Lavender's flowers and leaves can be used, and cooks can use them fresh or dried. Buds and stems can be dried and ground up to be used as a spice. Dried lavender has a stronger flavor than its fresh counterpart, making it necessary to adjust the amounts used.
Lavender has a sweet, minty, floral flavor and tastes exactly like it smells. Lavender can also be used to make fragrant, soothing teas and can be used as garnish.