Culinary Uses For Lemon Balm

Dried lemon balm leaf
Lemon Balm has a delicate lemon flavor, and can be used in many dishes. The fresh leaves of the lemon balm plant can be used eye-catching garnish. The chopped fresh leaves of lemon balm can be tossed into a salad or added to a dish to add a lemony zest to sweet or tangy dishes. It combines well with allspice, bay leaves, mint, pepper, rosemary and thyme.

For best results with cooking with lemon balm or any other fresh herbs with essential oils they should be added at the end of cooking. They are less potent if you add them during the cooking process.

Lemon balm is a wonderful addition to fruit salads, herb butters, fruit drinks, and sorbets. It can also be used in many egg dishes, custards, a variety of soups and casseroles. Lemon Balm makes a great addition for stuffing for poultry, lamb or pork. Its subtle flavor is a perfect for sauces and marinades for fish. Lemon balm combines well with many spices including chervil, pepper, thyme, and parsley.

See our recipe page for recipes using Lemon Balm. Please share your recipes with us. (Do not use our oil or ointment internally or in cooking.)

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