Our Organic Whole Rosemary are little needle like leaves on a sprig with a wonderful aroma and lemon-pine like fragrance, that will immediately set your mind on Mediterranean cuisine. This is culinary association for this herb is largely due to it being native to the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, where it has long been a pivotal part of their food culture. Whole rosemary has a pungent fragrance that matches perfectly with many Italian dishes, pairing beautifully with bread, soups, seafood, roasts of all kinds, and sauces. Be sure to use a light hand when using rosemary to keep the balance the powerful flavors and aromas in check.
Rosemary takes its name from the Latin words ‘Ros Maris’ meaning ‘Dew of the Sea’. Legend has it that Rosemary was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she arose from the sea, hence the name. Rosemary has long been associated with remembrance of those passed on, the universal tradition of laying sprigs of rosemary around coffins or tombstones dates back to the ancient Egypt. The Greek wore wreaths of rosemary around their heads to improve recall when taking exams and Shakespeare’s Ophelia petitioned Hamlet with ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance’. Though it has slowly become less romanticized in these traditional ways, the herb has continued global fame in the edible realm.
Mostly associated with good food and remembrance, rosemary can easily be associated with good health as well. Known to have substances that are useful to stimulate the immune system, rosemary also is said to improve blood circulation and help with digestion. There is also those who believe that the blood circulation enhancing properties stimulates the blood flow to the brain which improves concentration.
Using at home
Our all-natural whole rosemary with its memorable flavor and health benefits is an indispensable herb in your kitchen. Rosemary is not only a delicious herb to flavor lamb and chicken dishes, it also works perfectly in tomato sauces, soups and seafood dishes of all kinds. Try grinding some up and adding it to warm oil prior to sauteing veggies, or add some into your next batch of scrambled eggs to spice up your morning. However you choose to use our robustly flavorful rosemary, you taste buds won’t be disappointed!