Lavender Pineapple Delight

lavenderWith spring in the air, the flowers will be blooming soon all over the country. One flower that has gained attention and popularity in recent years is lavender. Lavender blooms are gorgeous and purple, sure to spruce up any garden or bouquet. Lavender also smells wonderful and fresh, and can be crushed up and put in sachet bags to make bedrooms and other areas of homes fragrant. Although not proven, the scent of the flower is thought by many to ease headaches and help aid in sleep.

What many don’t know, however, is that lavender can also make a wonderful addition to fruit juices and other culinary endeavors. Lavender can help to manage or prevent fungal infections, speed the healing process, ease anxiety, and ease the emotional symptoms of PMS. Lavender has even been touted as a hair loss preventative by some. When added to juice, lavender blossoms can add a pleasant fresh taste. However, blossoms should be used sparingly, as the flavor is strong and may become overpowering.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole pineapple
  • 1 tbsp lavender blossoms
  • Crushed ice or water, if desired
  • Lavender sprigs for garnish

Recipe

  • Rinse the pineapple and lavender thoroughly
  • Cut top and bottom off pineapple, then peel
  • Cut heart out of pineapple and cut remaining pieces to fit in the juicer
  • Juice the lavender first, preferably using a cold-press juicer
  • Juice the pineapple
  • Fill glasses halfway with ice or water if you wish to have a milder and more hydrating juice
  • Garnish with the lavender sprigs for a delightful spring treat
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