When to plant rosemary?

Harvesting Rosemary

Harvesting rosemary is simple and can be almost intoxicating. Just brushing your hands across the plant will release an intense fragrance that’s wonderful and hard to forget.

To pick rosemary, simply use shears or a knife to cut stems from the plant. You can cut the stems near the base of the plant or cut ones closer to the top. Cut as many stems as you think you’ll need, but never cut more than 1/4 of all stems on the plant. This way you will be sure that your plant will survive and thrive to produce more sprigs in the future.

Rosemary has a much more intense flavor and fragrance if used fresh. Most of the time, you can just cut sprigs of fresh rosemary as needed. However, even if you don’t plan to use it right away, your rosemary plant will do with a good trimming a couple of times a year. This allows new stem growth and prevents the sprigs from becoming too woody and tough.

After harvesting rosemary, you can remove the edible needles from the stem and use them in your favorite recipe. If you want to dry rosemary for later use, leave the needles on the stem and hang them up in bunches to dry. When the needles have dried out completely, they can be removed from the stems and stored in an airtight container for several months. We’ve also had good results by using a food dehydrator to dry our rosemary more quickly. Again, leave the needles on the stems and place them on the trays and let the dehydrator do its job. When dry, run your finger down the stem to remove the needles – we find it easiest to do this over a bowl or plate to catch the needles.

It may surprise you to learn that rosemary flowers are also edible. They are tiny, purple flowers that appear when the plant blooms. Some folks believe that rosemary is most fragrant and flavorful just before the blooms appear. The blossoms are best eaten fresh and have a mild, delicate flavor. They also look pretty on a plate.

Now that you know about picking rosemary, it’s time for a few of our favorite recipes that feature rosemary.

Rosemary Herb Grow Some For Your Health

The Herb of Love and Romance

The rosemary herb is linked with love and romance. The scent alone is a beautiful, sensual fragrance. Add a sprig to a loving-cup at a wedding, as in years gone by, so the husband will remain faithful to his loving bride.

Although this herb is known for love and the “herb of remembrance”, this herb has many other herbal remedies and health benefits.

Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis

A well-known Mediterranean herb that is native to southern Europe. This herb plant prefers dry, limy soil, well-drained with full sun conditions.

You can add dried eggs shells – my kids go through 4 dozen eggs per week so this wouldn’t be a problem. Or add some potash from ashes of your wood burning stove or purchase some potash from your local garden store.

This herb plant is a tender evergreen perennial and needs winter shelter in colder regions. Place the herb in your indoor herb garden area with lots of sun for the winter months. You will have to” harden off” the herb plant again in the spring in order to replant it back in your outdoor herb garden.

The rosemary herb plant will grow to about 3 feet in height and can be easily grown in containers. It would be easier to start growing this herb in a medium size container so you could bring it in for the winter months.

Make sure to inspect the plant and soil before bringing it indoors so you don’t bring in unnecessary garden pests. Rosemary doesn’t have too many insect pests due to the aromatic oils in its leaves.

Use rosemary in many herb rub and seasonings.

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Harvesting Rosemary Herb

When harvesting – pick small amounts year round and the main crop before the herb plant flowers.

  • Flower

Add fresh flowers to salads. Crystallize with sugar and egg for a beautiful garnish with baked goods, such as cakes and pastries.

  • Leaf

Use the leaves in culinary dishes with meat, especially pork and lamb to aid in digestion of fatty meats. Add to potatoes sparingly and make herb butter for roasted or grilled vegetables.

Make a wash for bathroom fixtures. Boil cups of water and add a handful of rosemary herb leaves for 10 minutes. Cool and use.

Excellent for potpourri or herb scented pillows. The small scented pillows can be put under your pillow at night or for a long trip to make traveling easier.

Burn the aromatic essential oil in a candle holder to improve concentration and memory for students studying for exams.

The leaves stimulate circulation of the blood to the head, improving memory and concentration.

It also encourages hair growth. Something my hairdresser comments on every time I get a trim every 5 – 6 weeks. It grows about inch or more even during the winter months. So, if you need an herb to prevent hair loss this is a good one to add to your daily cooking.

Make a hair rinse for darker, brunette hair.

Aids in fat digestion and is a powerful antioxidant.

Use to combat the “winter blues” where the lack of sunshine causes a mild depression and rosemary herb has an uplifting quality to help people let go of stress and sadness.

A good arthritis herb – rosemary relieves inflammation from joints and stiffness caused by aching joints and rheumatoid arthritis pains.

  • Stem

Weave into wreaths and garlands for added fragrance with other herb flowers and leaves.

There is a rosemary that’s called ‘barbecue rosemary’ and you can use the stems for skewers. It works great and flavors your kabobs magnificently.

Or, lay down a bunch of them on your barbecue grill after your done grilling to discourage insects.

So, this native Mediterranean rosemary herb plant has many herb uses and benefits. Starting with increased circulation, restored spirit, relieved achy rheumatic pains, hair growth, and finally rosemary helps with weight loss by improving digestion.

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32 Edible Flowers

Looking for Edible Flowers? Experiment with the tastes and texture edible flowers have to offer. Here is the complete list of edible flowers and how you can incorporate them in your own recipes.

The Complete List Of Flowers You Can Eat!

You loved our original post with just 5 edible flowers, so we decided to add more! Now introducing the complete list of Edible Flowers:

1. Pansies are Edible Flowers

Pansies are normally used to decorate pastries, garnish cocktails, soups, and even lemonade. They can taste grassy, to tangy or wintergreen depending on how they’re planted. Isn’t this pansy cake delightful?

2. Roses are edible flowers

Aside from being a top choice for decorating cakes, roses are perfectly good for drinks, jellies and even for common dishes, like risotto. Roses have a silky soft fragrance that can taste sweet with a deeper flavor on its darkest shade. Upon serving, please do not forget to remove the white heel on the roses as it has a bitter taste. These rose brownies were made with rose water and topped with dried rose petals! Aren’t they just lovely? Get the full recipe here

3. Nasturtiums are Edible Flowers

This is a salad show stopper for having a bright color (red, orange, yellow) which you couldn’t possibly ignore. Also, Nasturtiums are commonly known as edible watercresses, they have a peppery taste that will put a kick into your salad.

You’ll love this Tomato Nasturtium Salad Recipe – check it out here

4. Johnny Jump Ups are edible flowers

Viola tricolor or heartsease may be served raw or cooked. Their leaves can be used in thickening a soup and the flowers for garnishing. Aside from being an edible flower, they are also considered a medicinal herb.

How amazing do these spring rolls look? Learn to make them yourself HERE.

5. Dandelions are Edible Flowers

fried dandelions – what an amazing edible flower!

These bright yellow dandelions are something you’ll be looking forward to on your next neighborhood walk! Dandelions are the perfect edible flower because you can eat the whole thing from the root to the flower. This natural beauty is perfect for garnishing a salad. Their seeds can be roasted and used as an alternative for coffee. You can even make dandelion wine. The dandelion is not just an edible flower, it is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins!

6. Elderflower Can Be Consumed

Elderflower can be turned into an elixir, a tonic, and most commonly a liqueur. For this example elderflower has been whipped up into a delightful strawberry lemon chiffon cake! Get the recipe here at HonestlyYUM.

7. Angelica Is an Edible Flower

This delicate white flower isn’t just good for cooking, it’s also great for your drinks. See how you can make this Angelica Infused Gin & Tonic here.

8. Arugula Is An Edible Flower

You may be used to having arugula on your salad but have ever considered adding its flowers? Get recipes on how you can try it here.

9. Basil Is An Edible Flower

Growing basil is easy, so take advantage of your labor by adding basil flowers to some of your dishes. Try this Spiced apple & peach tarte tatin recipe.

10. Bergamot Is An Edible Flower

ingredient for tea but also great with this Orange Panna Cotta.

11. Borage Is An Edible Flower

Ever tried turning borage flowers into candied treats? Well now you can with this Almond Fairy Cakes with Candied Borage Flowers recipe.

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12. Calendula Is Edible

This flower has been used in cooking for centuries. They’re commonly used in German soups and stews but why not make a change and use it for this Shortbread Cookie recipe instead?

13. Chamomile Can Be Used For Recipes And Tea

Commonly used to make herb infusions due to its medicinal benefits. Try it for dessert too with this Chamomile and Caramelized Honey Macarons recipe.

14. Chervil Is An Edible Flower

This lacy white flower not only attracts beneficial insects but is also a great addition to some dishes. Try it by making this Roasted Halibut with Chervil Sauce.

15. Chives Produce Edible Flowers

You use chives on a lot of recipes but don’t let its flowers go to waste. Try this Avocado Appetizer with Yogurt, Garlic, Micro Greens and Chive Flower that’s not just yummy but also visually appealing.

16. Chrysanthemum Is An Edible Flower

If you like the smell, you’ll love the taste too. Try brewing your own Chrysanthemum tea by following this recipe.

17. Clovers Aren’t Just For Rabbits

They may look like weeds but trust me, this is something you should try for your next recipe. See for yourself by making this White Clover Pudding.

18. Cornflower Is Edible

This beautiful flower is also called Bachelor’s button. The taste is slightly sweet to spicy and commonly used for garnish. Just see how it brings color to this Cornflower Glaze.

19. You Can Eat Dill Flowers

Did you know that the flowers have more flavor than the seeds? They don’t last long once picked to be sure to use them right away. Try it with this Summer Corn & Tomato Salad with Dill Flowers.

20. You Can Eat English Daisies

A beautiful flower that’s easy for the picking. Try it as Daisy Capers.

Aren’t English daisies the cutest? I took this photo while traveling Sweden. 🙂

21. Garlic Flowers Are Edible

Garlic flower has a more delicate flavor than the bulb itself. It’s best eaten raw so it works best on this Pesto Flower Garlic and Roasted Almonds Recipe.

22. Hollyhock Is An Edible Flower

Charming and impressive. These 9-feet flower stalks are great for garnish and perfect for making this Flower Jelly too.

23. Honeysuckle Is An Edible Flower

The sweet nectar of life. If you love ice cream, you’ll love this Honeysuckle Ice Cream recipe.

24. Lavender Is An Edible Flower

So beautiful and fragrant. Eating lavender brings so many benefits. You can even eat it in the form of this Salted Honey Lavender Pie. Enjoy!

Honey Lavender is also a new popular ice cream flavor! If you’re ever in Los Angeles or Portland you must try Salt & Straw’s version.

25. Lilac Is an Edible Flower

This can easily be your favorite flower. They’ve always meant to me as the beginning of summer so what better way to celebrate the season than to make a Lilac Cream Cake.

26. Marigold Is An Edible Flower

Familiar and bright. Add color to your dish by putting a couple of petals as garnish. Also try it on this Egg and Tomato Salad with Marigold & Chive Flowers.

27. Peas Produce An Edible Flower

Ever tried blue tea? Well grab some butterfly pea flowers and make your homemade tea with this recipe.

28. Primrose Is Edible

A cheery flower most gardeners keep indoors. Harvest some and make your very own Primrose Curd.

29. Rosemary Flowers Are Edible

You love using rosemary leaves as an herb but rosemary flowers also have so much potential for decoration and garnish! Try it with this Pumpkin and Red Onion Soup with Thyme and Rosemary Flowers.

24. Safflower

Usually, the seeds are cultivated for vegetable oil but you can also make use of the flowers. Try this Safflower Madeleines recipe.

30. Sage Has An Edible Flower

This purplish-blue flowers have a couple of uses: decoration for cake, herbed vinegar, tea or even this Buffalo Mozzarella with Sage Flowers, Smoked Salt and Toasted Walnuts.

31. Squash Flowers Are Edible

They may look fancy but believe me you can use them for a number of recipes. It can even be as simple as frying them or try making this Linguine with Nutmeg, Cream and Squash Blossoms.

32. Sunflowers Are Edible

You love the seeds, you’ll love the flowers too. Try this Sunflower, Orange and White Chocolate Scones with Salted Honey Butter.

Isn’t it wonderful that there are flowers that are truly edible? Be bold and try them on your next dish! You may find it unusual at first, but you’ll learn to love the flowers of the field, and enjoy their exciting summer charm! The rule of thumb for edible flowers is – if you can safely eat the plant, then you can safely eat the flower! Please note – only serve edible flowers that are organic. Never use commercially grown flowers, in the case of fertilizers or pesticides that are harmful to our body. We hope that this has inspired you to get experimental in your kitchen. Let us know in the comments section below what you thought of this edible flowers and on how this blog saves you from your kitchen nightmare!

Want to see how you can make stunning edible flower lollipops? Watch it here from POPSUGAR Food:

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