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How to Use, Buy, Chop and Grow Rosemary

This pine-flavored herb adds earthy flavor to lamb, pork, chicken, and potatoes.

Should I Use Fresh or Dry Rosemary?

You pick! Fresh and dried rosemary have almost the same flavor. For anything you're going to roast or simmer for a long time, dried rosemary will work fine. For something you aren't going to cook (like a marinade) you might want to use fresh.

When Can I Get the Freshest Rosemary?

Anytime. Rosemary is a hardy shrub, and where it grows, it's evergreen.

How Do I Use Rosemary?

Add dried rosemary to hearty soups, sauces and stews, or sprinkle it on anything you plan to roast. Fresh rosemary is terrific sprinkled over pasta or pizza. Rosemary has a pretty intense flavor, so you don't need to use much.

How Do I Chop Fresh Rosemary?

Strip the leaves by pinching the end of the sprig with your thumb and forefinger and pushing down to the end. You can then pick the smaller leaves from the top. Gather the leaves in a pile and chop.

How Do I Grow Rosemary?

Most gardeners start with plants or cuttings. Rosemary doesn't need much attention once it gets going, it needs minimal water and can get by on less-than-full sunshine. However, rosemary can only stay outside year-round in warm or moderate climates. Ask the friendly folks at your local garden store for tips on how to grow rosemary in your area.

    Jan. 10, 2011 3:30 am
    Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. My rosemary bush is about 6' across. The small flowers are a blue-purple, and come on in the winter. I have 2 rosemary recipes that have not been published, Rosemary Fudge and Rosemary Lime Cheesecake. My Rosemary Slices recipe is published.
    Jan. 10, 2011 11:21 am
    I live in East TN and my rosemary is thriving nicely, very easy plant to take care. Fresh or self dried is so much better than store bought. Once you have your own herb garden you won't but from the store again!
    Jan. 12, 2011 1:27 pm
    Rosemary is hands down my favorite herb. I'm in the snowy NE and I've had the same plant now going on 4 years (in a pot, she comes inside in winter). I may have to try Sue's rosemary slices and Abby is quite correct, once you have fresh the store bought just doesn't cut it.
    Jan. 15, 2011 4:22 am
    We live in Germany, so the we have a few hard weeks of snow during the winter. The rest of the time it rains usually every day. We planted a rosemary "plant" outside from a hardware store, was only one little plant, I wasn't sure if it'd survive, now it's a bush! We have seven or eight stems on it, I LOVE it with beef stew, stuffed porkchops, lemon chicken. It is a wonderfully diverse flavor you can use it with anything!
    Jan. 15, 2011 10:48 am
    @Sueb - would love to try your Rosemary Lime Cheesecake recipe.... please do publish it!
    Mar. 15, 2011 7:15 am
    I've loved the wonderful fragrance of rosemary for a long time, but it was only very recently that I discovered that this herb tastes every bit as good as it smells when I made a recipe from this site (Jo's Rosemary Bread). I'd like to grow it for myself just for its fragrance (for baking, too, of course), and I'd also like to do the same with another herb, marjoram, which also smells terrific and I'll bet also tastes as good as it smells, but as much as I've heard and read about how "easy" herbs are to grow, I've never had any luck with them, although admittedly, so far, I've only tried growing mint.
    Feb. 15, 2012 11:16 am
    I am enjoying the fragrance of my Rosemary plant as we speak. I started with a 4" pot last spring and grew it on my porch railing and brought it in for the winter. It is about 18" tall now and I snip from it everytime I need some seasoning. Love it.
    Diana G. 
    Feb. 24, 2012 3:49 pm
    I love my rosemary plant! I have had it for two years now and never had a problem with it. It is a great no fuss herb. Any tips on drying it would be appriciated!
    Gramma Mary 
    Apr. 9, 2012 10:38 am
    For Diana G. To dry Rosemary. I cut off 3" to 4" stems of Rosemary, fold it into a paper towel and microwave it for one min.on high. Leaving it in the paper towel,run a rolling pin over it and it is lovely, fragrant and immediately usable. The stems lift out easily and the dried herb can be poured in a jar for storage.
    Jun. 3, 2012 12:23 pm
    I would love for you to send me your recipes with the rosemary because my neighbor just like me pick some of his home grown rosemary, thanks Ms. Davis
    Jun. 2, 2013 11:05 am
    I am growing my own Rosemary given to me as a gift on Mothers Day from my son. I use the dried store bought kind all the time but especially on white pizza. Can hardly wait to use my own.
    Jun. 8, 2013 5:46 pm
    how to store rosemary or freeze
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