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Rosemary

Description

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.

Uses

Rosemary is found in bouquet garni, herbes de Provence, and in seasoning blends for lamb and Mediterranean cuisines.




Origins

The major producers of rosemary are France, Spain, Portugal and the Serbo-Croatian region.

Folklore

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.

rosmarinus officinalis

    Color

    Grayish-green

    Flavor & Aroma

    Sweet and fresh

    Sensory Profile

    Rosemary has a distinctive pine-woody aroma with camphoraceous undertones and a fresh, bittersweet flavor.

    whole rosemary leaves

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        Comments
        I'll Smoke That 
        Aug. 23, 2009 6:01 am
        I save the stems after drying and harvesting the leaves. Wet them and use in smoker with citrus smoking chips I make from my orchard.
         
        Jul. 30, 2010 6:01 am
        I would like to know about harvesting rosemary - before or after it blooms and are the blooms themselves useful other than in a boquet of other "wild"flowers? They do give a great and unsual aroma.
         
         
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