What’s in a Name?

We are often asked what Cantueso means and there are two explanations. Firstly it is the name given to Spanish or French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) as shown in our picture. This is magnified and the real size is very similar to a normal lavender. It is common in Mediterranean countries and can become troublesome as it grows fast in the wild.

The second explanation is that Cantueso is a liquor made in the Spanish province of Alicante. It is obtained from the distillation of Thyme flowers, and is typically 25% to 35% alcohol and very sweet. It is normally taken after meals as a stomach tonic.

And for lovers of honey the Cantueso lavender makes a great treat.

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