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Gwyneth Paltrow's Pear and Lemon Verbena

I was flicking through my copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s book It’s All Good trying to find some healthy smoothie recipes for my last few weeks of pregnancy and came across another scrummy drink idea using some of our lemon verbena. I thought I would share it with you as another use for our herb!

Pear and Lemon Verbena

• 3 cups of water

• ½ cup raw honey

• 2 ½ pounds pears (about 6 pears), stemmed and seeded and cut into large pieces

• 1 sprig of leafy lemon verbena

• Juice of 2 lemons

Combine the water, honey, pears and lemon verbena in a large pot set over a high heat. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, remove and discard the lemon verbena, and cover the pot. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Puree the mixture in a powerful blender in batches and pass the puree through a fine-mesh strainer or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Discard the contents of the strainer and whisk the lemon juice into the agua fresca. Serve immediately over ice.

She also says you can add more honey if you would like it sweeter!

Melissa, November 2014