Rosemary is the dried leaves of the evergreen Rosmarinus officinalis. The slender, slightly curved leaves resemble miniature curved pine needles. Normally hand-harvested, the rosemary plant grows about 2 to 3 feet tall and is very hardy, as it grows in harsh mountainous conditions.
Rosemary is found in bouquet garni, herbes de Provence, and in seasoning blends for lamb and Mediterranean cuisines.
The major producers of rosemary are France, Spain, Portugal and the Serbo-Croatian region.
In ancient Greece, rosemary was recognized for its alleged ability to strengthen the brain and memory. Greek students would braid rosemary into their hair to help them with their exams. Also known as the herb of remembrance, it was placed on the graves of English heroes.
Flavor & Aroma
Sweet and fresh
Rosemary has a distinctive pine-woody aroma with camphoraceous undertones and a fresh, bittersweet flavor.
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