Ingredient Of The Week ~Lemon Verbena~
This wonderful lemon scented herb is a great addition to any garden and a great addition to your culinary repertoire. Not only does it add a beautiful color to your garden, with its bright green leaves and it’s petite white and purple flowers. It is also useful in everything from teas and cocktails to fruit salads and cheesecakes.
This herb can be chopped fine and used as a substitute for lemon or lime zest in any recipes.
For a great lemon verbena cocktail recipe, using lemon verbena infused vodka, go to http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000538.html . I am going to try infusing my own vodka with lemon verbena shortly, pictures and story will be posted at sometime sooner than later.
This versatile and wonderful plant can be a little hard to find, sometimes vendors at your local farmers markets will carry them. I purchased mine at my favorite local garden shop, Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach (http://www.cedrosgardens.com/).