McCormick Science Institute

Rosemary

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Description

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Rosemary is the dried leaves of the evergreen Rosmarinus officinalis. The slender, slightly curved leaves resemble miniature curved pine needles. Normally hand harvested, the Rosemary plant grows about 2 to 3 feet tall and is very hardy as it grows under harsh mountainous conditions.

Uses

Rosemary is found in bouquet garni, herbes de Provence, and seasoning blends for lamb and Mediterranean cuisines.

Origins

The major producers of Rosemary are France, Spain/Portugal, and the "former Yugoslavia."

Folklore

In ancient Greece, Rosemary was valued for its alleged ability to strengthen the brain and memory.  Also known as the "herb of remembrance." it was placed on the graves of English heroes.

Quick Facts

Whole Rosemary Leaves
Whole Rosemary Leaves
Crushed Rosemary
Crushed Rosemary

Color

Grayish-green

Flavor & Aroma

Sweet and fresh

Sensory Profile

Rosemary has a distinctive pine-woody aroma with camphoraceous undertones and a fresh, bittersweet flavor.