Yum…I have an obsession with avocado, so I am willing to give this recipe a try!

Avocado with Horseradish Cream

*fresh horseradish root (approx. 6 inches long) (preserved horseradish in vinegar can be substituted, if so, leave out the lemon juice)
*1 tbsp. butter
*3 tbsp. fresh breadcrumbs
*1 apple
*2 tsp. yogurt
*1 tsp. lemon juice
*pinch of salt and sugar
*1 tsp. chopped fresh chervil
*1/2 tsp. each of fresh chopped tarragon and dill
*3-4 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
*2 ripe avocados cut in half, pits removed

1) Peel and grate the horseradish.
2) Melt the butter and add the breadcrumbs. Fry until brown, and add the grated horseradish. Remove from heat and grate the apple into the mixture.
3) Add yogurt, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and herbs. Put aside to cool. Then chill in the refrigerator.
4) Just before serving, gently fold the cream into the mixture and spoon into the avocado halves. Serve with green salad and brown toast. Enjoy!

Recipe found in: Jekka McVicar, The Complete Herb Book, pg. 43.


This Post Has 58 Comments

  1. Mary

    Thanks! I started some from seed, and I’m glad to know its hardy! Glad for the tip about planting in partial shade, as we are in louisana!

    1. Cris

      Awesome! I hope you have a great harvest! It is one of my favorite plants, and I am sure you will enjoy it! 🙂

  2. Rue

    I grow lemon balm but didn’t know how to use it. thank you for the information. will try some very soon. Could you freeze the leaf for later.

    1. Cris

      Thanks for visiting! I find drying it is best. Freezing it makes it a bit soggy. It’s like mint, so the leaves are somewhat big. You could try it though, and let me know how it goes for you!

      1. gail

        You’ve convinced me of all the great uses for Lemon Balm and I am a big gardener. Thanks for all the good information.

        1. Cris

          That is wonderful! 🙂 I am so glad I convinced you! It is seriously a wonderful and delicious plant! I hope you love it! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  3. Nancy Stephens King

    I was SO thrilled to read your post about Lemon Balm! I grew it this year in a large container with basil and oregano, which I plan on separating soon. The LB is beautiful and smells so good. I keep herb containers on my porch, and when I go out there to sit, the gentlest breeze brings that beautiful fragrance into my nostrils–it is like heaven. I had NO idea how to use LB until I read your post, nor was I certain it was a perennial. Thanks so much. I will either transplant it in the fall, it grow it indoors!

  4. goatsrant

    Great post! I have made tea from it for yonks both iced and hot but had no idea about assisting sleep, nor relieving tension etc. Thanks. Do one on lemon verbena or come to that any herb please.

    1. Cris

      Thanks! Lemon balm is probably my favorite tea. I have already written about lemon verbena here (https://www.thehomesteadgarden.com/lemon-verbena/) and I write on all sorts of herbs! Check out the top of my website and click on ‘herbs’, and prepare to be blown away with herbal information! 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  5. Blaine kaercher

    Thank you!! I plan to make the honey lemon balm butter. I just made some parsley, nasturtium butter last night! I only wish there were measurements given…1/4 cup of lemon balm maybe…..? 2-3 tsps. honey…? Thank you for the inspiration and effort!!

    1. Cris

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! I would just eye-ball it and taste test. I hardly ever use measurements for things unless I am baking. Try “a large handful” of lemon balm, and start with “a few teaspoons” of honey, taste and see! Sorry I can’t be more exact. 🙂

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  7. Kitty

    Lemon balm has been a hand-me-down plant in our family for at least three generations. I add it to my chamomile tea as another ingredient for relaxation. I have used it in a few recipes but now I have a few more! Thank you for all the details.

  8. Peggy

    Hi! Just found your page here by accident and one I’m glad to say was a happy accident! I love to be outside in the spring and summer and love to plant anything fragrant! (well, except Paperwhites..I’m finding I don’t care for those so much lol) and I’m also wanting to go less junk food and less of the bad things we pump into our bodies and more natural healthy ways to achieve a better me. I LOVE Lemon so this was right up my alley. I cant wait to try the tea! I’m glad to see you mentioned things a new grower would not usually know too.. I WILL be growing this in a large container at the end of my drive!

    1. Cris

      Awesome! I hope it grows well for you. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  9. Barbara

    My dog, who had tummy issues, discovered it during a time when there was no grass and began to prefer it even when there was grass. It did not make her vomit like grass did. She passed this knowledge on and now all my dogs eat the lemon balm leaves instead of the grass.

  10. teresa

    My daughter brought a lemon balm plan home from a second grade field trip. We lost her to leukemia 5 years ago.
    every time I smell this lovely plant I smile. Warning I smile a lot it is very invasive.
    valerie always was a little stinker.

  11. arlene

    I have grown Lemon Balm for years. It comes back on its own. It smells wonderful and helps to deter mosquitoes by my back door. I also use Lemon Balm for teas. Wonderful

  12. Natural Living

    This article has alerted me to the health benefits of Lemon Balm. Many thanks for sharing.

    1. Cris

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  13. Paige

    I have something eating my lemon balm. Do you know what it is and how to get rid of it? I love my plant and want to keep it around. I don’t use pesticides in my garden.

    1. Cris

      It’s tricky to say, since you haven’t given me a lot of info to go on. Check the leaves for caterpillars, otherwise it could be rabbits? Good luck!

  14. Amanda

    I’m growing lemon balm for the first time this year, in a pot. However, mine hasn’t flowered?? It’s been growing since the first week of June and has quadrupled in size….I certainly don’t want to waste the plant and would like to use the leaves. But I also don’t want to cut it back too early (you mentioned waiting till it flowers)…how long will it take to flower?

  15. Hadass

    Hey there, you did great!
    The only Advice I missed is on how to grow from seeds.
    I have some, and I tried to germinate them unsuccessfully.
    Maybe you can help? I love lemon balm…

  16. Mahomed

    I am on day 3 of growing lemon balm seeds for the first time and notice 6 or seven shoots from planting a batch of 2000 seeds. I wonder if lemon does grow indoors in the UK autumn/winter. Nevertheless it is exciting prospect.

  17. Maria

    I am sold !!!! The uses plus it scent are awesome qualities .Next spring it will get planted in my garden:-)

  18. Carter

    Great article, very informative. I’ve been planting a container herb garden on my deck and I plan on adding Lemon Balm (I’ve also heard its a good mosquito repellant!).

  19. Kari

    Do you smell it in the yard? I have a wonderful jasmine that I swear makes the entire neighbor hood smell wonderful when it blooms. Does the lemon balm do that?

  20. Joann

    I was doing research on Lemon Balm and found that Lemon Balm has sedative qualities, hence used for insomnia, which may interfere with sedative and thyroid medications. Is this true?

    1. Cris

      Hmm…I am not a doctor, so I hesitate to give advice about things like this. I would recommend talking to a holistic thyroid doctor first. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  21. Becky

    Thank you for all the informative uses of Lemon Balm

  22. Felicia

    Awesome this oh so my first year growing lemon balm, love all the information, I grew it for the smell, now I know my possibilities are endless

  23. Stephanie

    Nursing moms should be careful as lemon balm can decrease milk production if taken in high doses. If you have trouble with production, I would avoid it at all until you are done nursing.

  24. Barbara Gillihan

    agree with everything you said… nibble it while working in the garden, stick a tip of plant in tea or water… plant in a spot you have problems and it will fill it up. The perfect plant.

  25. Judith Leavesley

    I use it for teas and salads etc and as it repeles mosquitoes I dry it and put it in the chicken house and plant it next to the entrance so they have to brush against it to discourage chicken mites. Seems to work for my hens and they dont eat it so it just grows and grows.I put pots all over the place as we have flies in the summer from agriculture, I think it helps especially if you keep bruising the leaves as you pass them the perfume is very pleasing to us but not our flying pests. Its such a useful friendly plant, I love it.

  26. Char B.

    Just went to the garden and picked some LB. put it in some water and now simmering!!

    1. Cris Daining

      Yay! I hope you love it!

  27. Annique

    I love it been using it for years when u make a tea it looses ots lemon flavor so i always add additional lemon

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