Lavender has become the exotic herb of choice. The recipes are too numerous to list, but have a look at our recipe section for many ideas, or let your imagination wander with the lavender fragrance in almost any of your dishes and surprise your guests with this new taste. Lavender florets come in Hidcote or Melissa varieties. Hidcote, darker in colour, carries more of a floral essence, and therefore lends itself to use in baking. Melissa, a pink-flowered variety, has a more peppery taste to it, making it a good choice in savory dishes.