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Lemon Balm

post #1 of 8
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I have lots of lemon balm growing in my garden. What is
the best way to preserve it?

And is there any food it goes it compliments well?
post #2 of 8
I've never tried to preserve and and frankly, don't like that 'chemical' lemon-y smell!
post #3 of 8
You could dehydrate it. It probably goes well with chicken or fish. But I like it best in home crafted soaps.
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post #4 of 8
Best would be freeze drying, but that's not a home type undertaking. Second best would be to chop it and freeze it in ice cubes.

There's probably a pesto variation you could freeze too but I don't know of a good one off hand.

It doesn't dry well at all.
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post #5 of 8
I would freeze in ice also but apparently you can just freeze the whole leaf. Here is an article off a fantastic website i just found. Gives a great rundown of its history and uses and storage. has a whole buncha other stuff here too.

Lemon Balm
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post #6 of 8
Only thing I know of to use it in is tea. I know its used to make various medicines and at one time was thought of to cure herpes. If this true I don't know . I know if you hang it in a closet, it makes it smell nice.:roll:
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Many thanks for the information. I use it for tea too and
it has a pleasant taste.
post #8 of 8
Hmmm I never heard about lemon balm before but the Lemon balm tea sounds delicious. Gunnar thanks for the site there are a lot of useful information about spices.
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