Rosemary – Garden Living with Drake’s 7 Dees

March 30, 2012 12:00 am

This past Saturday, the 24th of March at 1pm was our inaugural show on KPAM AM860 (! Lynn did a fantastic job and we’re hoping to have a link soon for you to listen to the show in case you missed it.

One of the featured topics on the show was on a very popular kitchen garden plant, ROSEMARY (or Rosmarinus if you speak Latin… if you do, you know it translates as ‘dew of the sea’). Below are some fun facts and details on this aromatic, perennial shrub.

  • Legend has it that Rosemary is one of the herbs, along with lavender, thyme, pennyroyal, lady’s bedstraw and costmary found in the manger where Jesus Christ was born. As well, it is lore that the reason Rosemary would not grow over 6′ tall in 33 years was so as not to stand taller than Christ.
  • It is traditionally found in wedding bouquets as a reminder to the couple of their wedding vows. In the language of flowers it means remembrance and love. Greek students believed it improved the memory, and so they wore it in their hair when studying for exams. Another tale says that if a rosemary plant grows vigorously in a family’s garden that it is the woman who wears the pants in the family.
  • Rosemary can be found in soaps, creams, lotions, perfumes for it’s essential oil that adds a piney scent… some people even add it to their toilet water.
  • Medicinally, a warm tea made of dried Rosemary is good for colds, flue, rheumatic pain, indigestion, and as a stimulating drink for headache and fatigue. A strong infusion makes an antiseptic mouthwash and gargle. The essential oil can be used externally as a salve for arthritis and to soothe aching muscles. Like all medicinal plants, be cautious when using as a healing herb. Use the essential oil externally only and should be diluted.
  • Some of the most harmonizing flavor pairings for this herb are with those of poultry, fish, lamb, beef, veal, pork, and game… especially roasts. It goes well with tomatoes, spinach, peas, mushrooms, squash, cheese, eggs, lentils and complements chives, chervil, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Don’t be surprised if you find a Rosemary needle in mild soups, marinades, salad dressings and Italian sauces.
  • Harvest time can be anytime you need! Just snip the ends of the stems, this will cause your plant to bush out. If you don’t want it to bush out, pull off a few sprays. NEVER take more than 20% of the plant. Rosemary is so much better fresh because it dries into tough little sticks. Frozen Rosemary is stronger than fresh.
  • One of the most sought after varieties of the plant is Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’… it grows 3 to 5 feet tall and spreads 2 to 3 feet. It prefers full sun and can grow in ordinary, well-drained soil. Never let it dry out and never let it sit in water.

These details, notes, cooking and growing tips are courtesy of!