Culinary Lavender in Summer Dessert!

Andreas lavender nectarines

Lavender Grilled Nectarines with Whipped Yogurt

4 ripe nectarines, halved, pits removed
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup lavender simple syrup (recipe and Culinary Lavender below)
4 basil leaves
1 spring of fresh mint
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup plain yogurt

Cut nectarines in half (peaches work great too) and place in foil with dots of butter on the bottom. Sprinkle with brown sugar, half of the simple syrup, chopped basil and mint.  Fold foil into an envelope and place on a medium hot grill, 2 minutes on each side.

Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form.  Add the rest of simple syrup and yogurt and whip to combine. Place a large spoonful of cream/yogurt mixture on plate and top with grilled nectarines.  You can top with roasted nuts or any garnish you like. I drizzled mine with pomegranate syrup.  Enjoy!

Serves 3

Lavender Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup Frolicking Deer Culinary Lavender

Combine sugar, water, and lavender in a saucepan under medium heat.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Allow to cool completely.  Strain and store in an airtight jar. Add to iced tea or lemonade for a refreshing summer beverage.


Culinary Lavender  $10.99/$9.99

  • Another great product from Frolicking Deer Lavender Farms.
  • Lavender has a sweet floral flavor with lemon and citrus notes.
  • Simmer with sugar and water to create a lavender syrup.
  • Lavender syrup can be used to create a signature cocktail or ice cream.
  • Can be used to replace rosemary in many baked goods.
  • The secret is that a little lavender goes a long way.
  • This herb will add a unique twist to your culinary innovation.
  • The Culinary Lavender comes in a 1.75 oz. bottle.

The Frolicking Deer Lavender Farm grows hand-crafted quality lavender products on 52 acres in far western New Mexico. They are dedicated to wise energy and water use. Lavender, being a hardy and drought tolerant perennial, thrives atop the cool mesas in the high arid desert. Lavender as an agriculture product is an environmentally perfect fit with the surrounding Datil Mountains.

Lavender can improve your life by reducing stress; its natural aromatic properties induce relaxation of the body and mind and assists in lowering anxiety. Lavender is a centuries-old healing herb. It was used as part of wound care during the Civil War and WWI. Lavender also has an array of culinary uses and is a flexible ingredient that lends its unique flavor to anything from sweet baked goods to savory meat rubs.

The Frolicking Deer Lavender Farm was founded in 2002 in recognition of the re-emergence of lavender oil and its increasing popularity as a cosmetic and therapeutic derivative. There are over 400 sub-species of lavender in the world. The finest French Grosso, Provence and English dwarf Munstead varietals are drought tolerant and thrive at 7800 feet of elevation of west-central New Mexico.

It is important to note, especially in this age of eco-awareness, that the Frolicking Deer Lavender Farm owners enjoy being off-grid and solar reliant. They derive great satisfaction in growing a water-wise commodity with an energy-wise philosophy.


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