ROSEMARY

grow + cook + heal

ROSEMARY

Rosemarinus Officinalis
Rosemary 
Lamiaceae: Mint Family

Symbol of Remembrance • Love • Honor

Use: fresh + dried leaf 
Eat:
fresh/dry leaves • fresh flowers

Infuse: Arial leaf sprigs + stems

 

Taste: pungent • complex • resinous

 

Medicinal Properties
Digestive • Boosts Memory • Hair growth
Antimicrobial • Anti-inflammatory
Nervous system tonic • Antioxidant
Antispasmodic • Circulatory-stimulant
Essential oil aromatherapy

 

GROWING ROSEMARY 
Different varieties 
Perennial: check your grow zone
Plant outside after spring frosts
Rosemary
 grows well from cuttings
Grow in beds • containers • planter pots • overwinter indoors
Soil well-drained
Sun full sun
Water moderately • Mediterranean plant • hardy • tolerant
Harvest leaf sprigs leaving ⅓ of plant
Companion Plant with broccoli • sage • cabbage  • beans • hot peppers 
Keep away from • potatoes • pumpkins 
Rosemary attracts • bees 
Rosemary repels • aphids • bean beetle • cabbage moths

 

Culinary & Kitchen Uses + Medicinal Plant Benefits 

 

ROSEMARY
♣ rosemary is a pungent, bitter, warming, drying, aromatic herb
♣ leaves are fragrant, pungent, complex, bitter, piney-peppery, camphor-lemony
✲ flowers are white > blue with a delicate pine floral note – use fresh as a garnish
♣ fresh is best; you can dry it, but you lose a lot of the essential oils and flavour qualities
♣ one of life’s great kitchen joys is chopping fresh rosemary, always by hand; it is refreshing and stimulating 

 

FOOD FLAVOUR PAIRINGS
Herbs: parsley, chives, thyme, oregano, marjoram, savory, sorrel, hibiscus, lavender, lovage
Spices: pepper, mustard, turmeric, ginger, chilli, horseradish, wattle seed, saffron, 
Vegetables: potatoes, yams, pumpkin, squash, root vegetables in general, alliums, peas, mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, capers, tomatoes, peppers, olives, rocket, leafy greens, rhubarb, radicchio, beetroot
Fruits:  orange, pineapple, apricot, lemon, cranberry, blackberries, grapes, rosehip, pears, dates
Nuts & Seeds: almond, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, chestnuts, sunflower, hemp, pine nuts
Beans & Grains:  white beans, chickpeas, corn-polenta, rice, rye, wheat – bread
Non-Dairy: nutritional yeast, tahini, tofu, tempeh, 
Dairy: butter, ghee, soft + hard cheeses, cream, sour cream, labneh, parmesan
Animal: oily fish, squid, octopus, smoked fish, chicken, rabbit, pork, beef, lamb 

 

CREATE
Chop
finely by hand
Mix in marinades, sprinkle atop fruits, bake in biscuits, soups, grains, pasta dishes; beautiful flavour with benefits
Blend fresh to infuse salt, herbal butter, olive oil
Infuse & ferment in pickled vegetables, in sauerkraut, mustards,
Steep, soak, extract; rosemary honey, olive oil, herbal teas, vinegar, tinctures, spiced wine tonics
Shake or blend into aperitifs or digestif cocktails for digestive benefits
Beauty products like hair rinses, creams and soaps
Clean use in cleaning products due to antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial properties 

 

STORE
Fresh rosemary unwashed wrapped in cotton or paper towel or a sealed container in the fridge
Bouquet of fresh rosemary makes a great edible arrangement, store in water vase refreshing water regularly
Freeze’s OK hand chop then blend with olive oil put in ice cubes trays use stirred into soups, stews, marinades
Infuse fresh in honey, salt, butter, ghee, vinegar, alcohol
Dry in a paper bag or drying rack away from direct sunlight in an airy place. Store dried herbs in sealed glass jars in a dark cupboard.

 

MEDICINAL
♦ rosemary is a nutritive tonic for the nervous system and can help lower stress hormones
♦ rosemary is a premier for mental focus, alertness, memory, concentration, blood flow to the brain
♦ aids digestion stimulates digestive enzymes, relieves gas, bloating, indigestion,
♦ relieves colds/flu symptoms, headaches, congestion; Rosemary is warming and stimulating 
♦ supports liver health, detoxification and helps balance blood sugar
♦ supports the cardiovascular system and can improve circulation 
♦ anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic for muscle cramps, antimicrobial, antifungal
♦ antioxidant, antibacterial qualities and flavours make it excellent for cooking with meats, 
♦ essential oil, middle note; use in a diffuser when studying – mine is going as I type this!!  I use rosemary essential oil in my liver tonic formula, adrenal support formula, cold/flu formula, spray away travel formula.

Recipes

RECIPES
Orange Rosemary Water