R. JIGĂU1, F. IMBREA1, R. PAȘCALĂU1 , Laura ȘMULEAC1 1University of Life Sciences “King Mihai I” from Timișoara
Lavender, known for its distinct floral aroma, has been used in culinary practices for centuries. Traditionally, lavender was primarily utilized in herbal teas and potpourri. However, in recent years, lavender has gained popularity as an ingredient in the food industry, especially in modern cuisine and the production of various food and beverage products. Here are some of the modern uses of lavender in the food industry nowadays: Flavouring Agent: Lavender is employed as a flavouring agent in a range of food and beverage products. It imparts a delicate floral note and a slightly sweet and herbaceous flavour. Chefs and food manufacturers use lavender to infuse flavour into items such as desserts, baked goods, chocolates, ice creams, cocktails, and even savoury dishes like salads and sauces. Herbal Teas and Infusions: Lavender continues to be a popular ingredient in herbal teas and tisanes. Its soothing properties and pleasant aroma make it a favoured choice for tea blends. Lavender infusions can also be used in other beverages like lemonades and cocktails, adding a unique and refreshing twist. Baking: Lavender can be incorporated into various baked goods, including cookies, cakes, scones, and bread. It pairs well with citrus flavours, vanilla, and chocolate, enhancing the overall taste and adding an enticing fragrance. It's important to note that lavender should be used sparingly to avoid overpowering the dish. Culinary Seasoning: In savoury cooking, lavender is sometimes used as a seasoning, particularly in Mediterranean and Provencal cuisine. It can be added to dishes like roasted meats, stews, marinades, and sauces to impart a subtle floral flavour. However, caution should be exercised to prevent excessive use, as lavender can easily dominate the dish if not balanced properly with other ingredients. Condiments and Jams: Lavender is utilized in the production of condiments and spreads, such as lavender-infused honey, lavender-infused oils, and lavender jams or jellies. These products provide a unique twist to traditional spreads and add a touch of floral sophistication. Artisanal Chocolates and Confections: Chocolatiers and confectioners often incorporate lavender into their creations. Lavender-infused chocolates, truffles, caramels, and nougats have gained popularity for their delicate and sophisticated flavour profiles.
lavender, industry, alimentation, impact, food
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