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Obessed Dec 2, 2007 03:43 PM

Anyone know where I can find lavender? I want to make Lavender Truffles, but can't find lavender -- looked at Whole Foods, Farmers Market (on melrose), Trader Joe's, Gelson's. Not sure if I need dry or fresh...but thinking dried. Thanks!

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    rbw Dec 2, 2007 03:45 PM

    Surfas carries dried lavender, quite fragrant, and probably what you are looking for....

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      Obessed Dec 2, 2007 03:49 PM

      Oh, I forgot to mention...I checked at Surfas yesterday and they didn't have any. Many they were sold out...thanks for the response!

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      LMelba Dec 2, 2007 03:52 PM

      Cost Plus World Market sometimes carries lavender in their spices section.

      1. liu Dec 2, 2007 03:55 PM

        Obessed - We always see it at the Farmers' Markets: Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc.

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          avena Dec 3, 2007 10:12 AM

          I second liu's suggestion...I also see lavender at the Hollywood Farmers Market. The big guy with the dreads who usually has a booth on Ivar sells lavender.

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          patz Dec 2, 2007 04:07 PM

          I've found it at Sur la Table, and in bulk at Nicole's in South Pas

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            Obessed Dec 3, 2007 08:59 AM

            Cool...I was thinking to check Sur la Table and Cost Plus next. Thanks for the suggestions!

            I stopped at the Farmer's Market on Fountain in WeHo this morning, but had no luck. Maybe only the bigger FM (i.e., Santa Monica, Hollywood) carries it.

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            ciaolette Dec 3, 2007 10:08 AM

            If you are on the westside: u will find dried lavender in the bulk herbs section at the Santa Monica Co-Op. 16th and Broadway, SM.

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              bigdfromlb Dec 3, 2007 11:04 AM

              Please be aware that there is culinary lavender as opposed to the stuff that is used for sachets, etc. There is a source in Los Olivos: Claremont Farms, phone 805.688.7505. They also have a website: clairmontfarms.com.

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                Obessed Dec 3, 2007 07:04 PM

                Thanks again for all the suggestions...I got culinary lavendar this evening at Sur la Table. As always, I know I can always count on you guys :-)

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                  LMelba Dec 3, 2007 08:44 PM

                  What's your truffle recipie?

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                    Obessed Dec 4, 2007 08:43 AM

                    I'm using an epicurious recipe and just infusing the cream with lavendar, which I read about on a CH post. This is actually my first attempt at them so I'll write back about how they turn out.

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/460305

                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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                      Diana Dec 4, 2007 12:05 PM

                      infusions really work well. If you can find candied lavendar (sometimes at Surfas) you could put some on top of the finished truffles. I'm really eager to know how they worked for you!

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                        Obessed Dec 4, 2007 12:15 PM

                        That's a great idea --- I was just going to put lavendar colored sprinkles on them, but I will try to hit up Surfas (again) this week. Thanks for the suggestion!

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                          avena Dec 7, 2007 07:45 AM

                          ooooo...I want to see pictures of your final product. That sounds so pretty. Post pics!

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                            Obessed Dec 10, 2007 09:05 AM

                            I didn't have time to get candied lavendar...so I just covered in lavender sprinkles. They were a huge hit!!

                             
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                            slacker Dec 7, 2007 09:53 AM

                            I've also gotten candied lavender from Sur la table.

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                      Dommy Dec 3, 2007 09:42 PM

                      Great!! I came in too late... but Penzeys sells Lavendar at their store. It's the only thing 'behind the counter'. I smelled it once and it was phemonimal!!

                      --Dommy!

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                    tastycakes Dec 4, 2007 10:44 AM

                    the bulk bin store next to nature mart on hillhurst in loz feliz carries lavender and tons of other obscure spices as well as flours, grains, carob treats, unfiltered oils, nuts and seeds. i finally found buckwheat flour - only $1.49/# plus lots of it is organic.

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                      Dayote Dec 7, 2007 09:29 PM

                      I know this won't help now. But I get all my fresh grown no pesticide lavender in Leona Valley at www.gatherafruitfulharvest.com straight from the ranch along with fresh cherries. If you e mail they will send you an e mail when it is ready.

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                        avena Dec 13, 2007 02:42 PM

                        Awesome. I drive right by there all the time! I'll definitely check it out some time I'm in Leona Valley.

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                          Dayote Dec 15, 2007 07:37 PM

                          Avena,

                          Go to there web site and get on their e mail list there are the bomb for lavender and cherries plus local honey.

                          Take care.

                      2. WildSwede Dec 17, 2007 11:53 AM

                        I just noticed a new vendor at the Saturday Pasadena Farmer's Market (at pasadena HS) and he has lavender - dried. Too late, I know, but in case anyone else is looking. Thanks!

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                          danikm Dec 17, 2007 01:53 PM

                          again, a little too late, but for future searchers: Monsieur Marcel at the 3rd street Farmer's market sells it (and a really amazing selection of salts, for those who might be interested).

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