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Sep 13, 2010 07:55 PM

What to do with dried lemon verbena

I have been given a fairly large pack of dried lemon verbena leaves, but any decent sounding recipes I have come across call for fresh - is it interchangeable? If not, what can I do with it!

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  1. You can sub the dried for fresh but keep in mind that dried is always a little stronger than fresh so you don't usually need as much in a recipe. This would be good in a iced tea and/or lemonade (steep it) also, add to fish, vegetables, marinades, desserts, etc.

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      Boil 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to make a simple syrup and add 1/4 cup of lemon verbena leaves. Cover and steep for 15 minutes, strain, let cool completely and add to lemonade, sorbets, cakes...

      1. re: Cynsa

        The syrup might be good on fruits as a light dessert.

    2. I make a tea with the dried leaves and enjoy it iced or use it in cocktails.
      Occasionally I used the tea as a liquid when making rice.
      Mostly I make sachet packets with it as gifts for my herbal tea loving friends.