Perennial – Rosemary (R.officinalis ‘Prostratus’)

What Rosemary Looks Like

Common Rosemary grows in shrubby clumps of branching stems with, needlelike, green leaves.  Sometimes described as a woody shrub originates from the chalky hills of southern France. Pale blue flowers bloom along the stems, usually, starting in late winter through early spring, depending on temperatures and rainfall.

Drought Tolerant

The Rosemary, once well rooted (normally, the second year) are drought tolerant and, actually, doesn’t like to be over watered.  In southern climates, Rosemary is grown as an ornamental in the landscape where it can reach 5 to 6 feet tall and, approximately, the same width.

Soil And Location

A light, sandy, rather dry soil is preferred by Rosemary and plants should be in a sunny to partially shaded locations with plenty of space.

Hardiness

Rosemary is hardy in hardiness zones 8 through 10.  In more northern climates, Rosemary can be grown in pots, even indoors with plenty of light,  or has an annual.

Planting and Propagating

Rosemary can be grown from seed, buy plants is, generally, easier.  I, usually,  grow my own by rerooting stews and, then, pruning the stem and carefully transplanting them.  I have even had friends and family take home transplants for their gardens.

Harvesting

Cut fresh sprigs as need and stip off leaves.  leaves can be dried for later use, but fresh is usually better for most culinary purposes.

Culinary Uses

Rosemary has many  culinary uses including;

Meats

  • Lamb Roast
  • Lamb Stew
  • Beef Pot Roast
  • Lamb Shish Kebab
  • liver Loaf

Eggs

  •  Omelet
  • Scrambled
  • Souffle
  • Shirred

Breads

  • Muffins
  • loaf
  • Focaccia

Poultry

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Bread Stuffing
  • Cornish Hen

Salads

  • Chicken Salad
  • Turkey Salad
  • Seafood Salad
  • Lamb Salad
  • French Dressing

Soups

  • Chicken Soup & Broth
  • Turkey Soup & Broth
  • Lamb Broth
  • Tomato Soup
  • Fish Chowder

Vegetables

  • Potatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Turnips
  • Rutabaga

Seafood

  • Fish
  • Scallops
  • Croquettes
  • Tuna Loaf
  • Stuffing

Sauces

  • Lamb Gravy
  • Cream Sauce for Chicken, seafood, or lamb
  • Butter sauce

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