Over a three week period, we will be looking at different spices and how they can benefit your health. So far we've covered how and when to use oregano and basil. This week we will be looking at rosemary.
What is Rosemary?Rosemary is a herb in the mint family that has a minty, pine-like taste.
What Rosemary Can Do for You
- Provides small doses of vitamins A, C, B, riboflavin and folate
- Contains fatty and amino acids, the building blocks of proteins
- Provides small doses of calcium, iron and potassium
- Contains anti-inflammatory antioxidants
How to Buy RosemaryWhen buying fresh rosemary, make sure it is a deep sage color without yellow or dark spots. Fresh rosemary can be found in the produce section of grocery stores, or you can buy dried rosemary from the spice section. You can also grow your own rosemary.
Rosemary leaves should be stored in a plastic bag or glass of water in the refrigerator. You can also dry rosemary by hanging it in a warm, dry space and then storing it in an airtight container.
Cooking with RosemaryRosemary does not lose much of its flavor when it is dried. The leaves can be sharp, so crush dried rosemary before using it.
You can use whole sprigs of rosemary when cooking, but make sure to remove the sprig before serving.
Sprinkle Rosemary On:
- Lamb, chicken and game
- Salad dressings
- Vegetables such as tomatoes, peas, zucchini, cabbage and brussels sprouts
Recipes that Incorporate Rosemary
|Rosemary Pork Loin||Rosemary Roasted Almonds|
|Rosemary Turkey Breast||Rosemary-Onion Green Beans|
|Grilled Salmon Skewers||Rosemary Lime Chicken|
This article was reviewed and approved by Deborah Richter, a registered dietitian at Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga.