The Herbal Harvest: 3 Lemon Verbena Recipes

| 8/22/2012 6:16:00 PM

n.heraud2You can check out the Lemon Verbena Lady at her blog Lemon Verbena Lady's Herb Garden .  

I have been interested in doing this post about lemon verbena for a couple of weeks. So now would be the time to think about which lemon verbena (if you have multiples) to put in a container for overwintering in the house. My initial post called "The Lemon Verbena Lady’s Favorite Herb" will explain what happens when you bring your lemon verbena inside, and it includes my favorite bread recipe from (where else?) The Herb Companion.

This is the Lemon Verbena That is Coming Inside for the Winter 

I always love hearing from you, the readers of The Herb Companion magazine, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Just this week I had a question about freezing lemon verbena leaves, and making and freezing a simple syrup of lemon verbena. I discovered a link for herbal syrups from Susan Belsinger and Tina Marie Wilcox in an article from The Herb Companion called "Herbal Apothecary 101:  Herbal Syrups." I remember trying to freeze some lemon verbena leaves a long time ago and deciding that that wasn’t the way to preserve your harvest of lemon verbena. I did an experiment though, because I thought if they can be frozen, I could make the delicious lemon verbena bread in winter and it would taste just like it does in the summer. For me, dried lemon verbena leaves are not the same as fresh in a recipe. Well, I can report that the leaves have frozen just fine and haven’t taken on the curled look of dried leaves. So I am going to make sure that I have a container or two of leaves to freeze for the winter months. 

Lemon Verbena Leaves Frozen and Ready to Make Tea Bread This Winter 

My thoughts on fresh versus dried lemon verbena leaves have remained the same. Use fresh if you can in cooking and baking and use dried leaves in potpourris and tea blends. If a recipe calls for dried in baking, I would use 2 to 3 times the fresh leaves instead of dried. I would always take the mid-rib of the large leaves out before using them. My favorite way to use lemon verbena leaves is by making jelly. Here is a link to my post called "Summertime Favorite: Lemon Verbena Jelly."

10/20/2017 10:28:04 PM

So, how did you successfully freeze the leaves?