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The rosemary bush can grow 1.5 meters tall with evergreen needle-like leaves. Rosemary blossoms are pale to bright blue and have a hollow tubular shape with five fused petals. The upper lip has two lobed petals and the lower has three. Their aroma and flavor is milder than the leaves, with strong rosemary notes and a sweet finish. They lack the sometimes overpowering resinous quality of rosemary leaves.
Rosemary blossoms are available year-round with optimal yields during spring and winter.
Rosemary is an herbal woody shrub in the mint family. Its blossoms have the same irregular shape as others in the family, including basil, lavender, marjoram, thyme, horehound and sage. These species all have high levels of volatile oils in their flowers and leaves which gives them their robust aromas. Rosemary oil is used in cosmetic products, medicinal aromatherapy and even to treat premature baldness.
Rosemary blossoms have antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Extracts from Rosemary blossom can improve circulation, aid digestion, relieve headaches or joint and muscle pain, and treat dandruff and hair loss.
Use Rosemary blossoms as an alternative to the herb’s leaves for a milder flavor and more delicate texture. Rosemary blossoms do not stand up to direct heat and should be used as a finishing herb in either sweet or savory dishes. Rosemary Blossoms compliment lamb and pork (especially when grilled), white beans, garlic, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, anchovies, olive oil, lemon, apples, pear, quince, honey, lavender and thyme.
The ancient Greeks believed that Rosemary blossoms improved memory, and would often wear them in their hair. Current research may validate this claim as studies have shown that rosemary essential oil’s relaxing effects can improve concentration.
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean, especially along the coast. It thrives in rocky or sandy soils with good drainage and is drought tolerant. It requires moderate sunlight and is grown in temperate climates world-wide.
Recipes that include Rosemary Blossoms. One is easiest, three is harder.
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