A Rosemary Plant is Much More Than Hedging

Thank you for purchasing your Rosemary plant from The Pinery. This post will help you explore the various ways your new fresh and fragrant plant may be used.

History of Rosemary Use

In Ancient Greece, students wore Rosemary around their heads to stimulate memory.  It was worn during wedding ceremonies by both the bride and groom and given as gifts.

During the plagues of the middle Ages, Rosemary was burnt to protect the occupants of the home.  It was also used in hospitals as healing incense in sick rooms.  And during Elizabethan times, a Rosemary infusion was used to prevent dandruff and baldness.

Today, Rosemary is used for flavoring foods, aromatic enhancers and medicinal purposes.

Needless to say Rosemary has been around for a LONG time!

Flavoring Foods

Rosemary has a slightly minty, sage-like balsamic taste with a bitter woody aftertaste.  Its flavor does not diminish in cooking and can therefore be added as a seasoning or cooked in stews.

Rosemary pairs up well with lamb, poultry, pork, potatoes, tomatoes and breads.

Aromatic 

Rosemary is a woody herb with a slightly piney, tea-like scent.  It may be used to give a room a woody fragrance and is especially nice to use around the fall and winter holidays.

Medicinal Uses

Rosemary contains a property that expands and strengthens skin tissue than can increase blood supply to certain areas.  As in ancient times, it is still believed that Rosemary enhances memory.  It also has antioxidant properties that allow it to help relieve pain and is used to reduce arthritis pain.  Using Rosemary in your food will aid in digestion of starchy and rich foods.

What do you use Rosemary for?

We would love to hear about how you’ve used your Rosemary tree from The Pinery this season. Please send us an e-mail or post it on our Facebook page.

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