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Old 02-13-2007, 06:57 PM   #1
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Lavender buds

Hi all,

I have a recipe for lavender ice cream that calls for lavender buds. Does anyone know where I can purchase these things locally? Some kind of aromatherapy store, maybe? I don't want to deal with the hassle of signing up for an account at some online store and only buying one thing. I am in San Diego, btw.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:58 PM   #2
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Try a garden shop or an herbalist.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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Braise, I found some at Cost Plus World Market a while back. Just check their spice area, in the little bottles. Best of luck, and welcome!


just checked - it's Spice Hunter brand, the ones with the hunter green lids.
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:12 PM   #4
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gourmet store, herbalist, nutritionist. makes great tea, needed in herbs de provence, etc, so redily available
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:27 PM   #5
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...and lavender martinis
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:15 AM   #6
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...and lavender martinis
Um, holy cow that sounds good! Are you coming over soon?
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:42 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help, everyone! I'll take a look this weekend.

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Old 02-14-2007, 01:51 PM   #8
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Make SURE that you confirm from wherever you buy them from that they're suitable for culinary use. Some lavender buds for household use are treated with essential oils that aren't necessarily safe for human consumption.

I know you said you aren't interested in online stores, but for total safety you might want to at least check out online culinary spice/herb stores. I do believe Penzey's (my favorite online store) carries culinary lavender.
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Old 02-14-2007, 04:14 PM   #9
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Breezy,

Thanks for the tip. I never would have thought to take that into consideration. I'm assuming that untreated buds are what I'm looking for?

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Old 02-14-2007, 04:22 PM   #10
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Yes - just ask if what you're buying is safe for cooking.
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