“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.”
William Shakespeare «Hamlet».
Why does Ophelia from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet say, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance”? From ancient times, it is known about the beneficial effects of rosemary not only on improving memory but also on the whole body. What are the benefits of rosemary? How can you use this plant? How do you use rosemary in cooking? I will try to answer these questions.
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub whose leaves are used as a seasoning for various dishes. Rosemary in height grows no higher than 2 meters.
It is believed that the homeland of rosemary is the Mediterranean. There are several versions of the origin of the name Rosemary: Latin (Rosmarinus) – sea dew, sea freshness; Greek rhooups – shrub and meron – balm. The Romans loved rosemary honey, it was considered a symbol of lovers. Later, Europeans brought rosemary to the New World, where they still love it. It is widely used in Italy, France, Greece, and many other countries.
Rosemary is an ideal tool for stimulating and normalizing cerebral circulation: its systematic use can help increase attention, establish brain activity and significantly improve memory. This amazing herb has an extremely beneficial effect on the vessels of the brain. It will be especially useful in post-stroke conditions. By the way, to this day, many students willingly follow the “grandmother`s” advice and enjoy drinking rosemary Bitters before exams! Rosemary is also endowed with the ability to stimulate the immune system. Rosemary is effective in treating a number of diseases of the throat or respiratory tract. Rosemary is also widely used in cosmetology. Rosemary oil is especially used for cosmetics. It can even be used to help with cellulite. Pure rosemary oil is very potent and must be diluted with other oils.
While rosemary can do many good things for the human body, it does need to be used with care. Due to the high concentration of its pure oil, it is not recommended for hypertensive patients to use it as it can cause their pressure to increase sharply..
Rosemary was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a spicy seasoning for dishes. In those days, scented perfume oil was obtained from rosemary, and in the 16th century, healing wine was made from it. If you rub needle-like leaves between your fingers, you can catch a pleasant coniferous aroma that is incomparable with anything. Culinary experts love rosemary, especially Italians and French, adding this spice even to compotes. If you want to create unique homemade cakes or give the meat an original taste, try rosemary! Within the aroma, you can catch notes of citrus, camphor, and pine.
How to store
It is better to use rosemary immediately, in extreme cases, it can be kept in the refrigerator in a vase with water, like a bunch or in an airtight container. It can also be used in dried form.
As a seasoning, ground rosemary leaves are added in small amounts to pea soup, sauces, and spinach dishes. But the spice is especially good for cheese dishes. In Italy, rosemary is added to pasta and sprinkled with unleavened cakes and pizza.
It’s for good reason that Shakespeare and other classics mentioned Rosemary!