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Rosemary - For Rememberance

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Overview:

The Ancients were well acquainted with rosemary, which had a reputation for strengthening memory. Because of this, it became the emblem of fidelity for lovers. It holds a special position among herbs from the symbolism attached to it. Not only was it used at weddings, but also at funerals and as incense in religious ceremonies. In early times, Rosemary was freely cultivated in kitchen gardens and came to represent the dominant influence of the house mistress. In place of more costly incense, the ancients used Rosemary in their religious ceremonies. An old French name for it was Incensier.

Latin Name:

Rosemarinus officinalis

Common Name:

Rosemary

USDA Hardiness Zone :

Tender perennial, Zone 8-11

Exposure:

Annual in most US Zones. Can be brought indoors successfully. Full sun,rather dry soil, and in a sheltered situation, such as the base of a low wall with southern exposure.

Harvest:

Cut aerial parts anytime during the growing season. Rosemary dries very well in bundles out of sunlight. Use fresh or dried.

Uses:

Flowers are edible. Rosemary is a strongly scented herb. It pairs well with butter for an rich spread. It also compliments poultry and potato dishes. Rosemary is easily dried and used throughout the winter. Crush the needle like leaves in your hand to release its voltile oils before adding to your recipe. The stems can also be used as skewers and they will infuse your kabobs with a fabulous flavor.
Rosemary is a delicious and beautiful herb. You can find many varieties to fit your need: upright and trailing. Use them interchangeably and even grow multiple varieties as each is distinctly different looking. I use trailing varieties for my herb standards. I braid three stems and use those as the main stem. It gives a more decorative look to my finished standard. The Ancients were well acquainted with the shrub, which had a reputation for strengthening the memory.Therefore, it became the emblem of fidelity for lovers. Not only was it used at weddings, but also at funerals and as incense in religious ceremonies. In early times, Rosemary was freely cultivated in kitchen gardens and came to represent the dominant influence of the house mistress 'Where Rosemary flourished, the woman ruled. In place of more costly incense, the ancients used Rosemary in their religious ceremonies. An old French name for it was Incensier.
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