A pungent, somewhat piney, flavor with a slight taste of ginger. Mint-like yet sweeter.
Widely used with all meats, tomatoes, eggs, soups, marinades, salad dressings and cream sauces.
Enhance the sweetness of fruit without adding sugar by adding rosemary instead.
A few stems of rosemary tossed on the coals of your grill help give anything you cook more flavor.
Flowers taste great in salads or sprinkled over vegetables.
The flowers and leaves are used for potpourri.
Attracts beneficial pollinators.
TENDER PERENNIAL – Can also be grown as a HOUSEPLANT in a sunny window
Plant in well drained soil and water when dry
Pinch back to promote bushiness
Salem – Softer leaves, stronger tasting variety
Tuscan Blue – More woody stemmed variety. Good for use as cooking skewers or decorative wreaths.
Harvest leaves & flowers at any time.
Freeze in ice cube trays with melted butter, olive oil or water. Store cubes in freezer bags.
Dry in cool, dark place so leaves don’t turn brown. Store in air-tight opaque container. Dried basil loses a lot of its flavor. Use within six months.
Memory – tea helps stimulate the mind and improve memory
Digestive Aid – tea relieves stomach cramps & gas. Stimulates appetite.
Nervous System – tea relieves depression
Headaches – tea helps relieve headaches
Antiseptic (internal) – tea helps reduce severity of colds & flu
Antiseptic (External) – Boil handful of leaves in 2 cups water. Use to wipe down bathroom fixtures. Can also be used as a mouthwash.
Tea – Steep one teaspoon in a cup of boiling water