Peaches and Lemon Verbena

Peaches and Lemon Verbena

Yield: 4  |  Total time: 13 min
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There's nothing better than eating peaches out of hand, and slurping the rundown juices from your fingers and wrist, but there are also many ways to prepare them--wrapped in prosciutto and grilled, served with thick yogurt or poached in an aromatic wine such as Lillet Blanc...I particularly like the pairing of fresh peaches with lemon verbena or basil.


  • 4 ripe white or yellow peaches
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Fresh lemon verbena leaves (or basil)


  1. Cut an X in blossom end of each peach. Place in a large heatproof bowl. Boil water and cover peaches; let sit for a few minutes. Peel peaches, remove pit, and slice.
  2. Bring water and sugar to a low boil then infuse with fresh lemon verbena leaves. Let simmer, about 3 minutes, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add lemon verbena (or basil) leaves, and let cool.
  3. Pour syrup over the peaches and add a few more sprigs of verbena or basil. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
  4. Garnish with grated amaretti cookies and a dollop of crème fraîche


Purée peaches and add to Prosecco for a summer cocktail.

Date Published: May 17, 2012

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8 comments... read them below or add one


  1. August 12, 2010 8:48 am by Sally Reply

    this looks amazing!!!

  2. August 19, 2010 5:12 am by Deb Miller Reply

    Umm..another request or October workshop!

  3. August 23, 2010 10:44 am by Dan Reply

    I can nearly taste them. What a wonderful picture!

  4. May 18, 2012 11:29 pm by Seung Hee Reply

    I am having a hard time finding verbena…thoughts?

    • May 20, 2012 12:15 pm by Kim Reply

      It mihht be a little early still for lemon verbena. Try lemon thyme or basil otherwise.

  5. May 27, 2012 6:50 pm by Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef Reply

    I love lemon verbena but I’ve never used it on peaches. Silly me. This looks delicious!

  6. June 4, 2012 7:37 pm by The Healthy Apple Reply

    This looks incredible, Kim; I’ve never tried making this but I am seriously going to add this to my ‘summer must-make recipe list’.
    Excited to meet you in Seattle for BlogHer Food and the TreeTop tour this week!

    • June 4, 2012 11:39 pm by Kim Reply

      Thanks so much. I’m excited that I was able to find some fresh lemon verbena this past weekend! I’m looking forward to meeting you as well.

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