This Ground Rosemary is a convenient way to add rosemary's unique, piney, woodsy flavor without its fibrous needle-like leaves.
Ready to use. No preparation necessary.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Ground Rosemary is a convenient way to add natural rosemary flavor without the often tough, fibrous quality of the whole dried leaves.
Rosemary is a woody, aromatic evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region. Often found growing near the ocean, its Latin name, Rosmarinus officinalis, translates to "dew of the sea" because the plant can survive with no water other than the humidity of the sea breeze.
Ground Rosemary gives off a mustardy, woodsy aroma when seared or toasted, providing an important flavor to roasted leg of lamb and an excellent seasoning for poultry. Rosemary's needle-like leaves are used as an herb to complement a wide variety of foods, but are vital to the Italian and Greek cuisines of the Mediterranean. It provides an important flavor for traditional roasted leg of lamb and other roasted meats, and can also flavor smoked barbecued foods. It is often incorporated into stuffings and vegetable dishes, soups, fish, sauces and even some desserts.
The ancient Greeks and Romans valued Rosemary due to its reputation for strengthening memory. For this reason, it came to be viewed as a symbol of fidelity (remembrance of vows) between lovers and was often used in wedding ceremonies, as well as funerals. In many parts of Wales, it is still customary to distribute sprigs of Rosemary to mourners to be cast into the coffin before lowering it into the grave, as a symbol of remembrance of the deceased. Similarly, Australians customarily wear sprigs of rosemary on their lapels on significant national holidays tied to remembrance, such as ANZAC Day.
Rosemary, which gives off a piney, woodsy aroma when burned or toasted, was often used in ancient religious ceremonies in place of more expensive incense.
Rosemary has been used medicinally for thousands of years as a remedy for scourges as varied as headache, stomachache, colds, premature baldness, limb paralysis, poor circulation, asthma and gout. In these applications, it was often brewed as a hot tea or distilled with alcohol and made into a spirit, called "Hungary water," named for Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, who wrote of being cured of paralysis by this elixir in the 13th century.
Nothing pairs better with tender roasted turkey than a creamy, comforting gravy. In this recipe, dried rosemary is added to create an aromatic alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving staple.