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Oranges with Lavender and Mint

I enjoy something sweet after a meal, but generally when we’re entertaining, the simpler the better!  So when I saw this idea for an after dinner treat, I couldn’t wait to try it!  It looked like a perfect refreshing way to end a meal (especially a heavier one).

This was tasted just as delicious as it looks. The dried lavender added just a hint of complexity, but you could go without it if you can’t get ahold of it (we found it in the bulk spices at our local grocery). We used some mint from our garden, which was a great compliment to the citrus of the oranges.

We’ll definitely be using this as as finale to meals throughout summer, as well as trying new ideas for enjoying the fruits of the season. For a few other simple sweet ways to end a meal, try fruit and chocolate or fresh fruit with whipped cream or yogurt sweetened with honey.

Oranges with Lavender and Mint
Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 2 oranges
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried lavender buds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 to 2 sprigs mint
What To Do
  1. Peel the two oranges, and cut them into slices.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine ⅛ teaspoon dried lavender, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 teaspoon water. Gradually warm over low heat, stirring, until honey is dissolved.
  3. Place orange slices on a plate, drizzle with the honey mixture, and sprinkle with mint leaves.


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    May 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Seasonal and beautiful!

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    May 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ve made something like it before, but never though about adding lavender. I like that idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    May 23, 2011 at 7:30 am

    This looks so good! I have thought about making caramelized oranges before (you just cut the orange in half and sprinkle it with sugar and then place it under the broiler for a few minutes) as a way of giving myself a more healthy dessert, similar to how you are enjoying this. :) So, where do you buy/find lavender buds?

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      May 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Ooo, that sounds good too! We found our lavender in the bulk spices at Fresh Market; I would try the spice aisle at any grocery, especially ones that sell in bulk. We also have lavender at our local farmer’s market — have you seen any in MN? Let me know if you are successful!

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    May 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Simple yet so elegant!

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    Rivki Locker
    August 30, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I hardly ever use lavendar, mostly because I just never know what to do with it. This looks wonderful. I’ll seek out some lavendar and try these soon.

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