I love the scent of lavender. One of my indulgences is scented soap and, among the many different varieties, the one that I get most often is lavender. It’s scent is fresh, natural and subtle yet insistent. When I smell it, I am reminded of a poster I once used to own that showed fields of flowers in Provence. Vibrant reds, deep yellows and purples. The purples of course were lavender. The whole effect was like seeing a painter’s palette.
Much as I like the smell and the color of lavender, I don’t care for its taste.
Recently, we had been to a French-Thai fusion restaurant in Somerville and , for dessert, we decided to order something different, not the ubiquitous crème brulee. One of the desserts we ordered was a trio of ice creams. One of the three flavors that day was lemongrass-lavender and I had great hopes for it. Sadly, it was a disappointment. Very strong and, at bottom, unpleasing. Could it have tasted better if it had not been so strong? I don’t think so. Could it have been more palatable had it been just lavender instead of lemongrass and lavender? No. The best thing that I can say about the taste of lavender is to use that most damning of words,,,, interesting.
Lavender is a scent, not a flavor.
P.S The other two flavors were blueberry and peach ginger. They were both good.