Herbal 101: Rosemary


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Sun: Full Sun

Cultivate: Rosemary has an extremely low germination rate from seeds, so it is most often propagated through cuttings. Cuttings can be encouraged to root with rooting hormone and should be kept in a shaded area until they are well rooted. Rosemary is an evergreen shrub from the mediterranean, as such, it enjoys being kept moist (not wet), never wants to dry out, and prefers warmer climates.

Harvest: Rosemary leaves are a culinary staple. Simply cut sprigs off as needed.

Preservation: Rosemary keeps it’s flavor well when dried. Simply tie a few sprigs together and hang upside down in your home to dry. Once they are dry, strip the leaves from the stems and store in a cool, dry place. Compost the stems.

Other Varieties: Variations of Rosmarinus officinalis. No significant difference.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Love Rosemary lightly fried in olive oil as the base of an Italian tomato sauce.

    1. Rosemary is my favorite herb. I use it to make roasted pork loins. I also hang bundles of it in the house. Love it!

      1. I heard hanging Rosemary helped keep flies at bay….

      2. I haven’t heard that one. I’ll remember that if I have that problem!

  2. trinah2os says:

    I love rosemary on baked chicken and lamb chops

    1. Or roasted potatoes….mmmm

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