Handpicked Wild Rosemary from our Secret Mountain Spot in Greece
ROSEMARY TASTES RESINOUS-PIQUANT, SMELLS UNMISTAKABLY AROMATIC AND GOES PARTICULARLY WELL WITH MEDITERRANEAN DISHES!
**Our Rosemary leaves are handpicked from our garden at my Father's village, "Serveika" - 600m height on Taygetos mountain**
According to legend, it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea, born of Uranus's semen.
The Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the flowers turned blue. The shrub then became known as the 'Rose of Mary".
- Rosemary can be used fresh or dried. -
The leaves of rosemary can be used in many dishes.
Here are just a few ideas to whet your appetite. However, remember that rosemary has quite a strong flavor so you don't need to add very much even in dishes that are slow cooked:
One of the more traditional uses for rosemary is as an accompaniment to lamb dishes. If you blend rosemary leaves, garlic, lemon juice and seasoning and marinate your lamb before cooking it will taste delicious.
This also works for chicken and pork dishes.
Use sprigs for roasting, grilling or on the barbecue.
Another combination for lamb is to mix rosemary leaves with orange to create a glaze.
The fresh shoots can be used to flavor olive oil or milk/cream or syrup to be used in puddings.
Rosemary blends especially well with oranges but also other fruits. An orange fool flavored with rosemary is lovely.
Onions roasted with rosemary and made into a sauce is also tasty.
You can make rosemary flavored oil or vinegars.
Adding rosemary to roast potatoes is another popular use:
Make skewers from stripped, longer, stronger sprigs (soak in water before cooking) or use as they are as a basting brush.
Rosemary sprigs cooked with fried vegetables make a lovely combination (don't forget to remove the sprigs before eating!)
Makes a wonderful oil and vinegar. Great for marinades.
Add finely chopped leaves to soups, sauces, salads, pasta and bread such as foccacia.
You could also make Rosemary Syrup.
Also, delicious added to lemonade and other summer drinks.
Rosemary combines well with any of the following herbs: bay, chives, garlic, lovage, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, savory and thyme.
An essential part of ‘herbes de provence’.
It goes well with the following foods: apricots, breads, cabbage family, eggs, fish, lamb, onions, oranges, parsnips, pasta, pork, potatoes, poultry, squash and tomatoes.
Medical Herbalists report that wild rosemary is good for:
• Energizing, cleansing and mood enhancing.
• Anti-inflammatory, stimulating, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic.
• Aids digestion of fats.
• An infusion used as a tea makes a reviving drink and can also be used as a mouthwash for halitosis or a good antiseptic gargle.
Take the perfect Beauty Bath:
Rosemary is very useful in the bath. It can be used straight or mixed with other herbs for an aromatic bath. It is used as a sore muscle soak or to relieve cold symptoms. You can make an infusion of 2 tablespoons dried rosemary to 1 cup boiling water. Cover and steep for at least 10 minutes and strain. This infusion can be used as a hair rinse after you shampoo. Rosemary is often used in homemade soaps as well for its antiseptic qualities.
Use Rosemary for your hair:
Rosemary tea can be used as a conditioning hair rinse. The herb will help to combat dandruff, and rosemary vinegar applied to the hair will make hair gloriously glossy (especially dark hair). Combined with horsetail, rosemary is said to aid hair loss recovery in cases where hair loss has been due to stress and worry.
Rosemary tea recipe for hair: Pour a cup of boiling water over two to three teaspoons of fresh or dried rosemary leaves, cover and allow steeping for 10 minutes or so. Drink two cups of rosemary tea a day to prevent hair loss through poor circulation and to stimulate growth after an event such as chemotherapy.
Make your own wild & organic Rosemary vinegar:
Take 25g rosemary (fresh) and add to 1 liter of cider vinegar. Allow steeping in the vinegar for two weeks then strain, bottle in a glass bottle, date and label. Use 2 dessert spoons in final rinsing water after washing hair. To fight dandruff, massage the rosemary vinegar into the scalp 20 minutes before washing.
For perfect circulation, take rosemary regularly. It is a useful addition for conditions associated with cold and poor circulation. Use as an infused oil for massage of cold limbs, aches and pains.
Rosemary has a reputation for improving memory - researches have found that rosemary contains carnosic acid, which can fight off free radical damage to the brain. In addition to improving memory, it would seem that rosemary can protect the brain from strokes and conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease.
One of the properties of rosemary is to lift the spirits and it is useful in cases of depression. Add 15 drops rosemary oil to a warm bath to ease muscular tension, improve circulation and boost the spirits.
The herb is also useful in cases of poor digestion, gall bladder inflammation and general feelings of being liverish.
Rosemary is useful as a gargle for sore throats.
Rosemary oil blends well with oils such as frankincense, basil, thyme, bergamot, lavender, cedar wood, cypress and spice oils such as cinnamon, clove, ginger and black pepper.
Caution: Avoid in large doses during pregnancy. Rosemary is not suitable for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure.
Store in a dry and dark place and enjoy your wild rosemary taste for at least 24 months.
The quality of all the products are excellent. The wild thyme, oregano, rosemary and bay leaves elevate any dish. I enjoy the Mountain Tea. It is an herbaceous tea - a taste I like. I plan to always keep Spartan Table products in my kitchen.
I cant believe how small these soaps are. 2 fit into the palm of your hand. It could bot be used as a bidet soap as they are too small and woukdnt last at all. I cant believe I paid 60 canadian for this. I was expecting a great product. And I was extremely disappointed not to mention angry.
It’s an unexpected taste. I think it may be an acquired taste. Love the chamomile though. Thanks