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Thank you to my good friend, avid reader and great cook in her own right, Marsha Perry, for suggesting the addition of this wonderful herb to Olde Time Cooking.

Rosemary...for remembrance

rosemary_h&s.gif (8666 bytes)Latin name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Common names: Rosemary, Moorwort, Mist of the Sea


Rosemary can be traced back at least 3,000 years to the Egyptians and Arabs, who planted Rosemary as a border plant for their splendid rose gardens.  The Romans took the herb to England, where it truly thrives in the southern part of the country.  The English still place a wreath of rosemary on the graves of their soldiers on Armistice Day.


rosemary bush.jpg (47849 bytes)Rosemary is an erect perennial evergreen.  It grows readily in poor, dry, limy soil.  Within two years, you should have a wonderfully dense hedge about 2 feet in diameter at which time it will bloom.  Rosemary will not go through a freeze.  Rosemary can also be started by tearing off a piece, being sure to keep a "heel" of the bottom branch, and placing in wet sand until it becomes rooted.  To dry, cut off as much as you need and place on a screen in a dry, warm place.  Once dried, remove leaves from stem and keep tightly sealed.


Rosemary, a member of the mint family, has been around as long as recorded time.  It has been used for cooking, both in recipes and as decoration,  in aromatherapy (such as sachets or in nosegays) or strictly as an ornamental shrub.  In the right climate (dry and hot) Rosemary will grow to 5 feet tall and has beautiful pale-blue flowers.

Rosemary%20.jpg (23673 bytes)The medicinal properties of rosemary are in the oil extracted from the leaves and leafy stems, the flowering dried twig tips, and the fresh and dried leaves. We know that it contains properties that are antiviral and antimicrobial. It has anti-spasmodic properties, anti-convulsive properties, stimulates circulation, and contains flavonoids that provide antioxidant benefits.

It may be rosemary's antioxidant properties and it's ability to stimulate circulation that gives it's scientific basis to be labeled as "rosemary for remembrance." New research shows that chemicals in rosemary may play an important role in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's. These chemicals may combat the cell oxidation, inflammation process, and the deficiencies of choline and acetylcholine linked with the development of Alzheimer's.

Comments from Your Host,  Brad

One word of caution; Rosemary goes a long way!   Use it sparingly so that it does not overpower your dish.  You can figure on 1/8 to 1/4 TEASPOON will flavor a dish for four.  The recipes which follow use dried rosemary, which is less potent that fresh.

Recipes using Rosemary:

Rosemary Roasted Chicken
Rosemary Butter
Cream of Carrot Soup


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