Rosemary, common name for a small evergreen
perennial shrub, of the mint family. The Rosemary is a popular
spice in many Western countries, but its usage is most popular
the Mediterranean region where it is a native plant. Rosemary's
leaves are used to flavor foods and its oil, that is obtained
from distilling, is used in perfumes and traditional medicines.
Rosemary leaves have a pure fragrance and a pungent, slightly
stimulating but bitter taste. They are generally used sparingly
and do not lose their flavor during cooking. Rosemary goes well
with fish, poultry, lamb, stews soups and vegetables.
Rosemary is a popular spice in many Western countries, but its
usage is most popular in the Mediterranean countries, especially
Italy and France
Rosemary does not lose its flavor by long cooking, as many other
leaves unfortunately do. The fresh leaves have a more pure
fragrance and are therefore preferred whenever available.