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What to do with dried lemon verbena

Steve_K Sep 13, 2010 07:55 PM

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!

  1. HillJ Sep 13, 2010 08:54 PM

    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.

    1. Cherylptw Sep 13, 2010 08:53 PM

      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
        Cynsa Sep 13, 2010 09:57 PM

        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
          karykat Sep 14, 2010 11:06 AM

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

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