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Blackberry Banana Lavender Fruit Leather ~ Gourmet Edition ~

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Blackberries contain an extremely dark pigment which allows them to be used as a colorant and gives them one of the highest antioxidant ratings in common fruits and berries. Rich in ellagic acid, anthocyanins and antioxidants, they have been called the “king of berries” for their superior health benefits.  So, eat up!  In todays recipe I wanted test out the combination of blackberries and lavender.  The end result didn’t leave me disappointed.  It is a very unique blend.

I have shared about using lavender in previous recipes but I want to do a recap here for those of you who haven’t browsed through many of the recipes (yet! :)  Lavender is not a very common ingredient used in the kitchen so I think it is important to share what I have learned so far…

The flavor of lavender is delicate , floral, with lemon and citrus notes are a good way to describe the taste of lavender.  I am just amazed as how wonderful this delicate flavor balanced so well with the peach.   A true match made in heaven, or at least in the Oldfather Farm Kitchen. 

You can use the flowers, leaves or stems.  I like to us the delicate buds because the taste of the leaves and stems are stronger and can be bitter. The key to cooking with lavender is to experiment; start out with a small amount and add more as you go.  As in all herbs, the dried is more concentrated in flavor.  Always start with a small amount than you might expect and work the flavor profile up to your liking.  If you add to much it can taste like perfume and there isn’t much you can do to save the recipe.

Chopping or bruising the buds will help release the flavor.  Chopping can be done easily in a food processor, coffee grinder or spice grinder.  If you use a grinder, you may need to add enough volume of flower buds to avoid a purple tornado that just spins and spins, thus not breaking down.  I did  a couple of tablespoons at a time and stored it in a dark glass jar out of the light.

 

Ingredients: yields 5 cups puree

Preparation:

 


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