Using Rosemary in my food - Knowledgebase Question

Temple City, Ca
Question by johnsonsung
October 4, 2009
I just bought a small Rosemary plant and plan on using it in my food. Can you tell me the correct preparation process from cutting the stem off of the plant to how to wash/clean it? And if I don't use it for cooking, can I eat it raw? Thank you!

Answer from NGA
October 4, 2009


Rosemary is often used in cooking and harvesting is simple. You can continuously harvest rosemary as long as the plants are growing. Cut a stem and then strip the needles from the stem, and use whole or chop them before using. Rosemary also dries and freezes well. Freeze whole sprigs, and when you need some leaves, slide your thumb and index finger down a sprig, taking off as many leaves as you need. Since you are growing your own rosemary you won't need to worry about pesticide residues. Simply rinse the stems with water prior to using. You can use rosemary as an herb in cooking, for fresh eating, or even as a component of sachets or potpourri. Enjoy!

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