Herb Spotlight: Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis

January 15, 2017

 

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a commonly grown herb in home gardens and landscapes. This plant grows particularly well in San Luis Obispo because of the Mediterranean climate. Rosemary is in the Mint family along with many other commonly used herbs like lavender and basil.

 

Nutrients:

Rosemary offers a good course of calcium, iron and B6 vitamins and can be used as a fresh sprig, dried powder, or in an essential oil.

 

Health Benefits:

This plant has incredible health benefits for improving digestion, reducing free-radicals in the body, and has natural  anti-inflammatory compounds. Rosemary also has been proven to increase concentration and overall memory as well as preventing brain aging. It also helps with slowing loss of eyesight and overall neurological protection.

 

In the Kitchen:

Rosemary is also very versatile in the kitchen. It is commonly used as stuffing or seasoning for many types of meat, but can also be tossed in a slow cooked soup or grilled with seasonal vegetables like squash and sweet potatoes. Rosemary is also enjoyed in a variety of cocktails, and can be baked into shortbread cookies for a sweet treat.

 

Growing:

Rosemary can be grown in a sunny window in the kitchen, or outdoors in well drained potting soil or garden bed. Make sure there is appropriate sun, and the plant stays well watered. Allow enough room for the plant to grow, about 4 feet tall and wide. You can find a young rosemary plant locally at Miners, or Trader Joe’s and start nurturing your own today!

 

 

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