Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), is an herb that has a unique flavor and aroma. It is aromatic with notes of resinous pine, menthol, and camphor and it is wise to exercise caution–too heavy of a hand and it will overpower the dish as it can be bitter.
Rosemary has thick, woody stems and the tough, pine needle-like leaves are usually stripped away from the woody stem before use. The stems can be used to flavor vinegars or oils to save food cost, they are generally unpalatable. Whole rosemary can be scattered in the pan during roasting or added to soups, stews, or cooking liquids, with the woody stems removed after cooking has released the leaves.
Rosemary is a decorative evergreen shrub or bush commonly grown ornamentally in cooler climates over warm, with the added bonus of being a culinary herb at the ready. Be warned, they can grow quite large. Small pots of rosemary are grown for the winter holiday season and trimmed into small ornamental Christmas trees.
The recommended optimum storage temperature is 32° – 40°F. Keep them covered, they are susceptible to wilting when allowed to dehydrate. With the exception of oregano and basil, we recommend you store all herbs in the coldest part of your cooler. The temperature fluctuates from the front to the back of the cooler due to the location of the cooling unit and frequency of the door being opened. Download our PDF for more cooler storage hints.
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