Rosemary is a dense, woody evergreen perennial. The flavor is very strong and is not weakened by slow cooking. Older and stronger stems can be used as skewers for kebabs or as basting brushes. Young sprigs can be used to flavor olive oil, infused in milk, cream or syrup. It can be steeped for summer drinks such as lemonade using the flowers as a garnish.
Cooking & Food Pairing Notes
Roesmary has a strong smell which works well with sensory play. Rosemary taste is warm and peppery with a slightly bitter tastes and notes of pine. Rosemary pairs well with apricots, cabbage, cream cheese, egglplant, eggs, fish, lamb, lentils, mushrooms, onions, oranges, parsnips, pork, potatoes, poultry, rabbit, tomatoes, veal and winter squashes. Rosemary combines well with other spices and herbs such as bay, chives, garlic, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, savory and thyme.
Sensory Play and Exploration for Children
Providing an opportunity for you child to explore rosemary away from the table is crucial to increasing familiarity to the herb. Here are a couple ideas to to help your child experience the fresh aroma and texture of Rosemary:
1. You can chop up rosemary and add about 1/4 – 1/2 cup to an old baby sock. Tie the end of the sock to prevent the herb from falling out. Allow your child to explore the sock with their hands. They will become familiar with the aroma. You can do this with a couple of socks with different herbs. As the child gets older, you can play “What is that Smell?”.
2. Allow your child to paint using Rosemary as the paint brush. Unfortunately, you will no long be able to use this sprig of herb but the experience is invaluable.
3. Allow your child to touch it and smell it before you cook with it. Discuss the texture, color, shape and smell.
Buying & Storing
Rosemary can be bought from a nursery or grown from cuttings. Fresh sprigs can be kept for several days int eh refrigerator or in a vase.