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Lemon Balm Recipes

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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.

Mint tea blends with tea ball and honey photograph.

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.

Close up of lemon balm leaves in the garden.

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 Recipes

If you need inspiration more than tips, try these sweet and savory lemon balm recipes. There's something for every meal of the day here.

A collage of lemon balm recipe photos with text overlay.

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Bernie

Thursday 20th of August 2020

I've made these several times this summer and they are excellent. The only change I would suggest is not blending the milk and lemon balm until just before adding it to the dry ingredients. This maintains the green colour--letting it sit allows the mixture to oxidize and turn a bit brown. I also keep an extra cup of flour on hand to allow me to touch the dough--it's very sticky and flouring my hands helps ensure that the dough releases from my skin. I've also used the basic recipe and, instead of lemon balm, put in various seasonal fruits (like blueberries and blackberries). The biscuit recipe is so good that it really doesn't care what you do to it. Next I'll try some powdered ginger....

Jan

Sunday 24th of May 2020

Never thought of these ❣☮🎶😊👣 thank you 💖 Have a great day, enjoy and smile 💝🙋🏼🌈🌌

Martina Crocker

Sunday 9th of June 2019

I always get excited when I talk about herbs, especially when I talk about ... Lemon balm's simplicity, beauty, flavor, ease of care, and ... Most people don't stop to look at the flowers of lemon balm because they are very small.

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