Rosemary herb nutrition facts
Charmingly fragrant rosemary herb is the perfect potherb to have in your kitchen garden. It is one of the recognized herbs for its note-worthy health benefiting phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants, and essential acids.
Rosemary belongs within the family of Lamiaceae, of the genus, Rosmarinus. Its botanical name is Rosmarinus officinalis.
The herb is thought to be originated in the Mediterranean region as a wild, strewing evergreen perennial shrub. Today, it is grown in nearly all parts of the Mediterranean region and Asia minor as an important culinary herb.
Rosemary flourishes in well-drained, alkaline soil. It prefers sunny condition but at the same time needs shelter from gusty winds. The plant reaches about 1.5-3 meters in height. Its bushy stems and downy young shoots are covered with about 1 inch long, narrow, needle-like aromatic leaves; dark green above and grayish underneath. The plant bears short racemes of small sea-blue flowers appearing in early summer.
The plant parts; flowers and leaves have fragrance that is pungently aromatic and somewhat camphoraceous (camphor-like).
Apart from culinary and medicinal purpose, traditionally rosemary shoots, flowers and leaves are being used in festivals and wedding ceremonies to decorate banquet halls as incense to ward off bad influences.