A.R. JIGĂU1, F. IMBREA1, R. PAȘCALĂU1 1University of Life Sciences “King Mihai I” from Timișoara
. The culinary world has a long-standing fascination with lavender, thanks to its distinctive floral aroma. Historically, lavender primarily found its place in traditional practices, being used in herbal teas and as a component in potpourri. However, a notable shift has occurred in recent years, with lavender gaining substantial popularity in the food industry. This surge in interest is particularly evident in modern cuisine and the development of various food and beverage products. Lavender's transition from a mere botanical element to a sought-after culinary ingredient can be attributed to its unique and captivating flavour profile. The delicate, floral notes it imparts to dishes and beverages have intrigued chefs and food enthusiasts alike, leading to creative experimentation and culinary innovation. Modern cuisine has embraced lavender as a versatile ingredient, showcasing its versatility in both sweet and savoury applications. Lavender-infused desserts, such as lavender-infused ice creams, cakes, and cookies, have become staples on trendy menus. Similarly, lavender finds a place in savoury dishes, where it contributes an unexpected twist to dishes like lavender-infused sauces, marinades, and even lavender-infused meats. In addition to its distinct flavour, lavender has also gained recognition for its potential health benefits. It is often associated with relaxation and stress relief, which makes it an appealing addition to culinary creations aimed at promoting well-being. Lavender's presence in the food industry extends beyond the restaurant kitchen, as it is increasingly incorporated into a wide range of food and beverage products, including lavender-flavoured chocolates, beverages, and artisanal jams. The evolving role of lavender in the culinary world reflects a growing interest in botanical ingredients and a desire to create unique, memorable culinary experiences. As chefs and food producers continue to explore the possibilities offered by lavender, it is likely that its presence in the food industry will continue to expand, providing both traditional and contemporary dishes with a touch of aromatic charm. This culinary journey showcases the enduring appeal of lavender and its ability to transform ordinary dishes into extraordinary culinary delights.
lavender, importance, trends, culture, technologies, use
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