Lemon balm is prolific. It's also medicinal and edible. Let's focus on the many edible uses today with these delicious lemon balm recipes.
Lemon Balm as Food
Lemon balm does have a lemon flavor which makes it ideal for sweet and savory recipes.
Harvest it fresh and use it like you'd use any fresh herb, like oregano, where that hit of lemon would be welcome. Tucked up under the skin of a roasting chicken, for example.
Use it in sweet recipes as substitute for lemon zest. The conversion isn't exact – you'll need more lemon balm but the idea is similar. Use lemon balm in cookies and cakes.
Lemon Balm as a Drink
Lemon balm tea is always delicious. To brew a hot cup, Use 2 Tablespoons of fresh chopped leaves to every 8 ounces of boiling water. Double the lemon balm if you plan to pour it over ice.
More than just plain tea, however; lemon balm can be used like mint in many drinks for adults and kids alike. Simply muddle and add seltzer water or your favorite spirit for a fun summer drink.
Getting the Most Flavor from Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is milder than actual lemons, of course, but still the lemon flavor is ever present. To get the most flavor from fresh lemon balm, follow these tips.
Cream with butter. Give that butter and lemon balm a good beating with the mixer or wooden spoon. The more the herb is pounded, especially into a fat, the more flavorful, volatile oils are released.
Steep for a while. If incorporating lemon balm with a liquid, give it a good strong steeping. Warm the herb (double what you would use for tea) in milk or water, for example, and add that to your recipe.
Chop finely. Give the herbs a good chop with a sharp knife. The more the bits are chopped the more incorporated it will be in the final product.
Puree. Puree the herbs with liquid and add to recipes. This will also make the final product green (most likely) but that's not always a bad thing.
Lemon Balm Drop Biscuits
Lemon balm drop biscuits whip up in a hurry and make for a delicious and lightly sweet quick bread perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Seared Lemon Balm Chicken
Lemon balm and chicken make for a natural and flavorful entree. This recipe is quick and easy too - making it perfect for summer.
Lemon Balm Oregano Pesto
Lemon balm pesto is a savory way to use up lots of lemon balm. It would be amazing on chicken and pasta or some combination of both.
Lemon Balm Poppy Seed Cookies
Lemon balm poppy seed cookies combine the classic flavor of lemon and poppy seeds in a crunchy thin cookie that is perfect for afternoon tea.
Herbal Popsicles with Lavender and Lemon Balm
Lemon balm and lavender combine delightfully well and freezing them together in Popsicle form is an amazing way to provide frozen summer treats you can feel good about.
Summertime Tea with Lemon Balm Shortbread
Buttery lemon balm shortbread is sure to delight as the perfect after dinner dessert. It's also a great way to mail lemon balm to friends in a fun care package.
Raspberry Lemon Balm Shrub
Raspberry lemon balm shrub is a tart and yet mellow summer drink that is perfect for cooling down after a long day.
Honey-Sweetened Lemon Balm Lemonade
Bring out the lemon flavor of lemon balm even more by adding it to lemonade for a healing and refreshing herbal drink.