Sydney Wasteney

The Herb Rosemary

Rosemary is a woody, savory herb with needle like leaves and flowers typically colored in white, pink, purple, or blue. Originating from the Mediterranean region, rosemary is a part of the mint family. Using fresh rosemary, we use the leaves. But the plant itself is used as a decorative plant that can be used in gardens for pest control. Rosemary pairs well in dishes with roasted lamb, garlic, and olive oil. Because it is so strong, you should be light when using the herb.

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

  • 2 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Rosemary

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and 2/3 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour salt and rosemary until well blended. The dough will be somewhat soft. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees F). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into rectangles 1 1/2x2 inches in size. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the tops.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks, and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Health Benefits:

  • Improves digestion
  • Rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
  • Enhances memory and concentration

Interesting Facts:

  • A rosemary bush can grow up to 6 feet tall
  • Oil extracted from rosemary can be poisonous when used in a high dosage.
  • Rosemary can reproduce from it's seeds or cuttings.