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How to Grow, Store and Use Rosemary in Recipes
Rosemary is a wonderful herb which is also an evergreen. This means you can creatively choose a location to incorporate rosemary as part of your landscaping design. Examples could be by your front steps or back patio, helping to soften landscape edges, all the while giving you the benefit of easy access to your fresh herbs.
How to Grow Rosemary
To grow rosemary it is advised to start with a seedling. However, if you want to start with seeds, begin indoors about 7 weeks before the last frost date. The germination period is a lengthy one, nearly 3 weeks. Plant the seedlings - either your own or store bought - during the month of April outside If planting along with other rosemary plants, keep them a good 4 feet apart as these will grow with maturity.
During the germination period, rosemary requires moist soil at all times until the plants begin to show growth. At this point, water only once a week, then once the plants have fully matured, water only during very dry periods.
Remember, typically fresh herbs are always more flavorful and add a freshness to your dishes dried and store bought herbs just don't lend.
How to Store Rosemary
The best way to store rosemary is to either freeze it or dry it.
How to Freeze Rosemary
How to Dry Rosemary
If you do not have access to a freezer, or do not have the space, try drying the sprigs instead.
Dried herbs remain freshest up to 6 months at which point they begin to lose their potency.
Using Rosemary in Drinks
In the American South, peach tea is the perfect summer drink. All you have to do is brew some tea, puree some peaches with sugar, and stir everything together while the tea is still hot. A great twist on this is to add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to the mix, about a three- or four-inch sprig per quart. Steep it in the warm tea for a few minutes, then add your peach mixture, and stir. Strain to remove all the solids, and pour into tall glasses of ice.
Rosemary is a wonderful herb to have on hand. It is used in recipes for many International cuisines, it is used as part of drink mixes, and it can even contribute to your home's outdoor landscape. Start growing your rosemary today and you'll enjoy it for years to come.
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