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Rosemary Leaves
Rosemary is a strong–flavored herb which is generally used in small amounts. It goes well with lamb, and beef. Rosemary is often used in stuffings and marinades or added to vegetables while they’re cooking. Added at the beginning of cooking the full aromatic flavour can permeate the food. Whole leaves and the attractive light purple flowers are often used as a garnish, however it is not particularly edible as the flavour is too strong. Rosemary sprigs also make excellent flavoured oils and vinegars. Rosemary has a pungent piney flavor. It goes well with poultry, fish, lamb, beef and game especially when roasting. Rosemary enhances tomatoes, spinach, peas, and mushrooms. When using the herb in food the leaves should always be chopped finely unless you are using whole sprigs, which can be removed from the cooked dish. Rosemary mixes well with other herbs like thyme, parsley, and chives. Whole sprigs can be added to oil and vinegar to make condiments or marinades for meat or cheese. Mediterranean cooks especially Italians use rosemary with roast meats, fish and some tomato sauces. In Central Europe a suckling pig is stuffed with rosemary sprigs before being roasted on a spit. Rosemary is often cooked with meat as it counteracts the richness and fatiness. The tough leaves do not soften during cooking so its best to use a whole sprig then remove it after cooking. Rosemary is used by Italians in a bread called schiacciata. This bread is baked in a large shallow dish then cut into wedges or chunks. The bread is eaten with meats or salads or may also be split and filled with something. Rosemary is an interesting herb that has been with us for centuries. Use rosemary when cooking roasted meats, and as a flavoring with vegetables or sauces. You can grow it outside in your garden for decorative purposes. The scent of the leaves is refreshing.