| Used in many Italian|
easy recipes, a little rosemary can go a long way. From whole roasted
chicken to a tasty leg of lamb or even roasted potatoes, it has earned
a reputation of one of the favored herbs grown in many home gardens.
To grow rosemary
it is advised to start with a seedling. However, if you want to start
with seeds, begin indoors about 7 weeks before the last frost date.
The germination period is a lengthy one, nearly 3 weeks. Plant the seedlings
– either your own or store bought – during the month of April outside
If planting along with other rosemary plants, keep them a good 4 feet
apart as these will grow with maturity.
During the germination
period, rosemary requires moist soil at all times until the plants begin
to show growth. At this point, water only once a week, then once the
plants have fully matured, water only during very dry periods.
| Be patient with|
this wonderful aromatic herb, as it will take 5 months to reach maturity.
fresh herbs are always more flavorful and add a freshness to your dishes
dried and store bought herbs just don’t lend.
The best way to
store rosemary is to either freeze it or dry it.
How to Freeze
Simply cut the
rosemary in sprigs about 3 inches in length.
Gently wash any dirt off
and pat dry.
Spread the sprigs out on some paper towels to dry thoroughly.
When dried, place on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer.
transfer 2 to 3 sprigs at a time into clear freezer bags.
bag with the contents and do not forget to date the bag.
How to Dry
If you do not have
access to a freezer, or do not have the space, try drying the sprigs
Check in 2 weeks to see if the herbs
have fully dried. If not, check back in 7 more days.
When dried, take
to the kitchen and gently remove the leaves from the branches.
the leaves in a dark container away from light.
Dried herbs remain freshest
up to 6 months at which point they begin to lose their potency.
| There are additional|
recipes for rosemary besides flavoring meat and potatoes.
You can also
In the American
South, peach tea is the perfect summer drink. All you have to do is
brew some tea, puree some peaches with sugar, and stir everything together
while the tea is still hot. A great twist on this is to add a few sprigs
of fresh rosemary to the mix, about a three- or four-inch sprig per
quart. Steep it in the warm tea for a few minutes, then add your peach
mixture, and stir. Strain to remove all the solids, and pour into tall
glasses of ice.
Rosemary is a wonderful
herb to have on hand. It is used in recipes for many International cuisines,
it is used as part of drink mixes, and it can even contribute to your
home’s outdoor landscape. Start growing your rosemary today and you’ll
enjoy it for years to come.
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was submitted by SimpleItalianCooking an Italian
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