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The Gardener's Kitchen: Rosemary

Updated on February 16, 2011

rosemary don't forget

Rosemary is an herb with a past.

The Romans associated, Rosemary with love and romance. The Greeks wove it into garlands worn by Greek students as it was believed to strengthen memory.

Some Christians are to believe that the Virgin Mary once draped her cloak over a Rosemary bush, transforming the blossoms from white to blue.

Rosemary’s relationship to memory goes back many years and could well be the reason that this herb is so often used in weddings and funerals.

A rosemary wreath would be worn by the bride, in order to help the couple remember their wedding vows.

Rosemary was also a part of funeral rituals and mourners would also throw sprigs of rosemary into graves, so the dead would not be forgotten.

This herb was also believed to possess medicinal properties, for example, the Chinese used rosemary to ward off headaches and even cure baldness.

The Greeks believed that rosemary could aid the liver and improve digestion.

My prime use for this easy tog row herb is culinary. It goes very well with potatoes, for example.

Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary


2- Onions, yellow, (medium size) diced

2- Celery Ribs sliced
1 lb-.Carrots sliced
2 lbs.- Potatoes (white) diced
1 tbsp. Rosemary
Olive Oil, to drizzle.


1- Place ingredients in a covered glass or ceramic baking dish.

2- Sprinkle in Rosemary and mix well.

3- Put in preheated oven set at 350 degrees F. for about 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

4- Mix the vegetables every 15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy. This dish makes a great side dish with pork cutlets or chops.

Try rosemary with spinach, peas, squash and eggplant.

Rosemary or Rosemarius officinalis grows best outdoors in countries where the winters are mild. Rosemary draws its name from the Latin ros marinus which translates as dew of the sea.

The rosemary plant grown indoors will need frequent misting as both misting and humidity are vital to the plant’s success. A spray bottle filled with water should be near by so it is simple enough to establish a misting routine.

Outdoors, in containers, a proper watering regime is also important. Be sure the plant is draining properly. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucer or whatever container you use to place the pot in, also do not underwater. Rosemary responds rapidly to poor watering routines.

Rosemary is available in a diverse number of cultivars and it is possible to consider this culinary herb as a good plant to use for landscaping purposes as well as for your kitchen.


Rosemary- courtesy cliff1066- flickr
Rosemary- courtesy cliff1066- flickr


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Shade creeping in may have made the difference, thanks for dropping by.

  • Dolores Monet profile image

    Dolores Monet 

    9 years ago from East Coast, United States

    I just love Resemary, Bob. I used to have a nice big Rosemary but it suddenely died after flowering. I am thinking not enough sun. Some shade overtook it.

    I have heard that a large Rosemary bush means that a strong woman lives in the home. Sheesh, maybe I've lost my strength.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    This, lemon, garlic and olive oil as a marinade for chicken, sounds good. Thanks for dropping by.

  • profile image

    nolimits nana 

    9 years ago

    Another great informational hub, Bob. It's always interesting to get the historical background. Rosemary is one of my favourite herbs, and I love it with lemon, garlic and olive oil as a marinade for chicken.

    Herbalists love it for a variety of reasons. Rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion.It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may reduce the severity of asthma attacks or help with congestion from allergies.

    Bancke's Herbal says: "Also put the leaves under thy bedde and thou shalt be delivered of all evill dreames."


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