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The evergreen, bushy, branched shrub reaches a size of 50 cm to 2 Meter. The leaves are 10 to 40 mm long, narrow and leathery. The margins are rolled down, deep green and wrinkled on the upper side, and hairy white tomentose on the underside of the leaf. This protects the leaf from drying out. The pale blue flowers can appear all year round. They stand in short axillary clusters on densely leafy short shoots and are somewhat tomentose. You can collect the flowering herb or just the flowers. Rosemary is widely used as a spice in the form of fresh leaves (needles) or leaf tips.
Between March and May and sometimes also in September, the rosemary blooms with light blue lip flowers. The main harvest is during the flowering period, on warm days.
Fresh in the pot and as a bundle, but also dried and grated, whole and cut.
It is also offered in oil or vinegar, the aroma transfer is particularly good here.
Taste and smell:
Rosemary contains essential oils and tannins similar to camphor, which means that it tastes slightly bitter-spicy to pungent. The leaves have a strong aromatic smell. Dried leaves taste tart and bitter.
Cooking and kitchen use:
Rosemary is an important spice in Mediterranean cuisine (especially in Italy and Provence ). But you should only dose rosemary sparingly, because its flavor is enormous. If you take too much of it, it will mask all other flavors, especially in ground form.
Broths and soups: minestrone, tomato soup
Meat: grilled fillet steak from beef, wild boar ragout, cevapcici, lamb in all shapes, pork, veal, venison, roast venison
Poultry: roasted game poultry, as a filling, braised chicken, roasted chicken
Fish: fried and grilled sea fish
Egg dishes: herb omelets, omelets with bacon and mushrooms
Vegetables: to be used as skewers! Tomato, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant; Ratatouille
Side dishes: fried potatoes, baked potatoes, Italian pasta dishes
Other: herb butter, pizza, sausage masses, pies, cheese pastries, ingredients of herbs of Provence, herb oil, herb vinegar
Use within dietetics:
Rosemary also stimulates the digestive glands and helps with loss of appetite and digestive disorders such as bloating, gas and mild cramps.