Carrot Chamomile Soup

What You'll Need

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • vegetable peeler
  • heavy bottomed pot
  • strainer
  • hight-speed blender or immersion blender
  • bowls for serving
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup dry chamomile flowers, or 1 1/2 cups fresh chamomile flowers, or 10 organic chamomile tea bags
  • 3 cups peeled, roughly chopped carrots -about 6 large carrots
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey or to taste
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • lemon zest and juice to taste
  • serve topped with fresh edible flowers, like borage, rosemary, chamomile, and calendula, lemon zest, or chopped herbs

Here’s another bowl of beauty from The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook: Fresh-from-the-Garden Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small. Silky smooth and stunningly simple, carrot and chamomile are a sweet match made in the garden. If you have fresh chamomile, that would be divine, but the dried herb and flowers work as well, and that’s what we had on hand, so early in the year. This soup is both easy and elegant, with just a few ingredients that need no adornment. The chamomile, not often used in savory dishes, hums a soothing herbal tune that balances the sweetness of carrots. If you want to be extra fancy, serve it with a scattering of tiny flowers; rosemary, calendula, borage, or a bit of golden lemon zest.
carrot chamomile soup


Bring the water to a boil in a medium-sized pot, and turn off the heat. Add the chamomile flowers, and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Do not boil the chamomile, it will become bitter.steep chamomile flowers
Meanwhile, prep the carrots—it’s important to peel them, or the flavor gets muddy, and the subtle chamomile taste doesn’t come through. Save the peels for broth, of course.peel carrots
Strain the tea into a stock pot, and discard the chamomile. strain chamomile flowers
Add the peeled carrots to the stockpot and return the liquid to a simmer, until the carrots are soft about 10 minutes. add carrots to stock pot
Blend the carrots and tea together, either with an immersion wand or in a blender.
When the puree is very smooth, add the oil in a thin stream, while continuing to blend.blend in high speed blender until smooth
Taste for salt and sweetness, and adjust accordingly. if the carrots are really fresh and sweet, you shouldn’t need to add much honey. add honey for sweetness if neededSometimes, a bit of lemon zest or juice brightens the flavor. Garnish with fresh edible flowers, lemon zest, or chopped herbs.

 garnish with edible flowers

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