Real World Gardener Rosemary in cooking in Spice It Up

June 24th, 2016

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Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

The culinary Rosemary plant is often used for remembrance but did you know that the tradition of laying sprigs of this herb(rosemary) across the coffin or upon a tombstone dates back to ancient Egypt?

Rosemary is a lovely evergreen perennial herb with culinary, aromatic, and medicinal uses, and one of the favorites in herb gardening around the world.

So let’s not linger any longer and find out all about it. I'm talking with Ian Hemphill owner of Herbies Spices.

You might be surprised to learn that Rosemary is in the mint family, but unlike mint, likes much drier conditions.

Rosemary balances very will with carbohydrates and is good with pork and duck dishes.


Rosemary bush

Ian gave us a great tip about how to strip the leaves off the rosemary stem without getting that heel of bark by tearing in an upward motion.

when using dried rosemary either chop it very finely or grind the leaves to a powder.

Normally grinding herbs is not recommended, but unless you're doing a long slow cook, the hard leaves are best treated this way. 

After all, Rosemary has a very strong flavour and can withstand being used this way.


Ian's mother's scone recipe.

  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter (cold)
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh Rosemary. 
  • Rub the butter into the flower then gradually add the milk to get a stiff dough. Don't overmix. 
  • Rest for 10 minutes.
  • Pat down or roll out the mixture  so it's 2 cm high then using a scone cutter,(one with a deep edge. a small baked bean tin is a good alternative.)
  • Place them onto a tray close together.
  • Brush with milk and place in the oven at one level above the centre.
  • Bake for 15 - 20 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius.

Growing and propagating Rosemary plants is pretty easy and every garden should have at least one plant, even if it’s in a pot.

The leaves and flowers can also be used to make a tea, said to be good for headaches, colic, colds as well as depression.

If you have any questions about growing and using rosemary in your cooking or have some information to share, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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