Food Trivia: Rosemary

The first post in our new series, Food Trivia. Here we’ll talk about food and post some recipes at the end of each trivia post. Sounds good right?

Rosemary! A deliciously fragrant herb. 

  • It is traditionally found in wedding bouquets as a reminder to the couple of their wedding vows. In the language of flowers it means remembrance and love. Greek students believed it improved the memory, and so they wore it in their hair when studying for exams. Another tale says that if a rosemary plant grows vigorously in a family’s garden that it is the woman who wears the pants in the family.
  • In the 16th century, Rosemary was often burned in sickrooms as disinfectant to kill germs.*
  • Rosemary is also the herb of memory, the leaves were supposed to quicken the mind and prevent forgetfulness.

Rosemary is usually paired with lamb but can be used with chicken, beef, veal, or pork. Roasting vegetables with rosemary is also a dynamite combination. Squash, potatoes, or tomatoes, throw some in (minus the stem) and you’ll get a great flavor.

I marinated some lamb with the following recipe. Depending on how much you’re marinating, you should adjust ingredients accordingly.

– the whole pile of rosemary you see in the above photo, stems removed

– olive oil

– apple cider vinegar

– salt & pepper

– 8 or so sprigs of thyme

– 4 cloves of garlic chopped

You can use this recipe on roasted vegetables, just don’t add the vinegar!

Feel free to share any rosemary recipes below!

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