Nothing but vibrant and refreshing, it’s lemon heaven.
1 cup (gently packed) fresh lemon verbena leaves
1 cup superfine sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups cold water
Grind the lemon verbena leaves and sugar together in a food processor until the mixture turns into a bright green paste, about 30 seconds; stop to scrape down the sides as necessary. Add the lemon juice and process for 15 seconds longer, then add the water. Strain the resulting liquid through a fine sieve to remove any bits of leaf. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Variation: Scented Geranium Sorbet
Substitute 16 medium-size scented geranium leaves, such as old-fashioned rose or Mabel Gray lemon geranium, for the lemon verbena.
The pure lemon flavor of the verbena blends well with other herbs. For a compound herb flavor, grind any of the following with the lemon verbena leaves and sugar:
1 cup sweet cicely leaves
6 rose geranium leaves
1/4 cup French or Mexican tarragon leaves
1/4 cup mint leaves
Adapted from The Herbfarm Cookbook, by Jerry Traunfeld.
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