Lemon Verbena

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Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena or Verveine is a herb that is mainly used for teas, but can also be used in cooking.

Lemon verbena has a delightful sweet lemony aroma, a clean yellow liquor and light herbal taste with a clean, subtle lemon scenting.

Like lemon, lemon verbena is delicious with fish and poultry. Simply put a few sprigs inside the cavity to add a lemony perfume to your dishes.

Lemon verbena is a neat way to get a lemony flavour into milk without it curdling, so you can make a hot milk drink infused with lemon verbena or even a lemon verbena rice pudding. Perhaps lemon verbena ice cream.

Lemon verbena is a lovely refreshing tea that is ideal for those on a detox, to soothe the nerves or who want a lighter, caffeine-free tea in the afternoon and evening. With this in mind, infuse lemon verbena into finger bowls when eating sticky barbecued ribs.

Infusion

  • Quantity: 1 heaped teaspoon (2½ g) per cup or person
  • Water temperature: 95oC (200oF)
  • Brew time: 8 - 10 minutes

Health Benefits

Lemon verbena:

  1. Tones and relaxes the nervous system, a gentle tonic
  2. Lifts spirits with tonic effect and aromatic scent
  3. Aids digestion and reduces cramps and nausea
  4. Soothes bronchial and nasal congestion

Recipes

Further reading

  • Brown, K. (1999) Herbal Teas, North Adams, MA, USA, Storey Books. ISBN 1580170994.
  • Hemphill, I., Hemphill, K. (2014) The Spice and Herb Bible, Robert Rose. ISBN 9780778804932.
  • McVicar, J. (1999, republished 2006) Jekka's Complete Herb Book, Silverdale Books. ISBN 9781845093709.
  • Norman, J. (2015) Herbs & Spices: The Cook's Reference, DK Publishing. ISBN 9781465435989.