ROSEMARY

Description

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a perennial shrub belonging to the Laminaceae (Labiatae) family. It grows wild in Mediterranean countries, likes the warm climate, and grows well in full sun. The name comes from Latin and means "morning dew". From a healthy point of view, it seems that rosemary is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and tonic. Rich in tannins, it also appears to promote appetite and digestion. Used in all Mediterranean cuisines, its use has spread worldwide. Great for flavoring meat, legums, and potatoes, it aromatizes many Italian recipes. It can be cultivated in sunny places, in the garden, or in vases.

Cultivation

Rosemary is a plant native to the Mediterranean where it can be grown in the vegetable garden, in the garden, or in pots without any major problems. In any case, the plant must be cultivated in full sun. In the case of cultivation in a container, given rosemary's strong growth, the plants must be repotted in containers that are sufficiently wide and deep. The soil may be made up of 70% organic soil and 30% inert material, to facilitate the draining of excess water. Watering should be regular. Once a month, it is opportune to add a ternary soluble fertilizer dissolved in the irrigation water. The branches should be trimmed often to obtain compact plants with fresh sprouts that can be used in cuisine.