The taste and aroma of the herb rosemary, historically used for strengthening the memory, are unforgettable. Rosemary’s name means “dew of teh sea,” and it has a pinelike flavor that is counter-balanced by a rich pungency, a unique combination that evokes both the deep forest and the open sea. Its memorable flavor makes it an essential herb every place food is prepare.
Rosemary oil contains several potent antioxidants, so powerful that an extract of rosemary is being investigated for use as a natural alternative to synthetic antioxidants that are often added to foods as preservatives. Rosemary has been shown to increase the blood flow to the head and brain, thus improving concentration, too.
How to Select and Store:
Whenever possible, choose fresh rosemary over the dried form of the herb, since it is far superior in flavor. The sprigs of fresh rosemary should be deep sage green in color and free of yellow or dark spots. Fresh rosemary should be stored in the refrigerator either in its original packaging or wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel for up to one week.
Quick Serving Ideas:
- Add fresh rosemary to omelets and frittatas for a fresh taste.
- Rosemary is a perfect herbal choice to season fish and lamb dishes.
- Add rosemary to tomato sauces and soups.
- Simmer 1 cup milk or soy milk with 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves and honey to make a delicious Italian-inspired beverage.
Source: Murray, M. (2006) The Condensed Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York, Pocket Books.