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May 16, 2012 06:23 PM

what to do with a bunch of camomile

I bought a bunch of camomile today.
It's mostly the leaves, with some buds on top. None are blooming....
I am not sure what to do with it.
The stem closer to the grounds seems super tough.

I forgot to ask the farmer dude who sold it to me what to do with it...

Thanks guys.

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  1. My Korean neighbors make tea from the flowers. They harvest them when blooming. I read somewhere that you can put the leaves in salad but I've never actually tasted them. If you're allergic to ragweed, don't eat or drink them.

    That's all I've got...

    1. Use it in things like ice cream (paired with mint and honey) and custards.

      Or use it to stuff a pork loin roast, or when you roast chicken.

      1. I'd make batches of tea with the leaves, strain them out and pour the cooled liquid into ice cube trays so that I have them on hand for all sorts of uses: punch, cocktails, mix ins, recipes and those cubes are also handy for sunburns and bug bits. You can bag batches of cubes in the freezer.

        1. Panna Cotta. Steep the camomile in milk, strain and then proceed with the panna cotta recipe.