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Aromatic plants: Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis L.

Aromatic plants: Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis L.



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Family: Liabatae
Species: Rosmarinus officinalis L.

Generality

Evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean regions; in Italy it is present throughout the territory, spontaneous or cultivated, from the plain to 800 meters.

Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis L. (photo website)

Botanical characters

Compact, evergreen aromatic shrub with prostrate or ascending, branched stems. The leaves are needle-like, opposite and turned to the margin, resinous. The flowers appear in spring, are blue-violet, rich in pollen and gathered in short axillary racemes.

Rosemary potted seedling - Rosmarinus officinalis L. (photo website)

Cultivation

Sow in early spring, in a protected place at about 20 ° C. The seeds germinate after 1-2 weeks. The seedlings tend to wilt if the soil is too moist. Easier to reproduce by cutting (to be taken after flowering) or by offshoot. Plants should be placed in sunny areas, in acid and well-drained soil. It grows well in pots. Protect plants from winter colds.

Collection and conservation

Collect the leaves and the flowering tops by cutting the apical part of the twigs. Use immediately or allow to dry in a shady and ventilated place.

Use in the kitchen and therapeutic properties

Rosemary is used to flavor meats, fish, soups, focaccias, oils and aromatic vinegars.
Therapeutic properties: stomachic, stimulant, aperitif, digestive, tonic-stimulant, antiseptic.


Video: Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis Supplier u0026 Exporter Seeds, Leaves, Essential Oil u0026 Absolute (August 2022).