Rosemary is one of those herbs that everyone knows and most people love, but there are more uses of this special herb than you probably know.

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How does rosemary taste?

Rosemary is one of those typical herbs that everyone knows, but once you ask them “describe the taste of it?” only a few will be able to answer that question.

Maybe it would be best captured in a poetic line such as ‘the fresh taste of a christmas tree with a little bit of tree sweetness… ‘ 😉

In other words: it is hard to explain. I always say that rosemary is one of those typical Italian flavors, but that’s probably as vague as anything.

Like many herbs, rosemary is also known for centuries and while the Egyptians saw it as holy, the green plant was a symbol of friendship and loyalty with the Greeks and Romans.

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Ever since ancient time rosemary has been seen as a means to prevent memory loss and it has been rumored to help protect against Alzheimer as well.

Pretty flowers

From the flowers they would make a kind of oil that was used as a painkiller and gurgling with rosemary tea would help aleviate any sore throat you might have. Rosemary is used a lot in the Italian kitchen but in general you will find it a lot in mediterranean cooking.

Next to the needles of the plant, you can also use the flowers and the woody parts for various other things. The flowers are very pretty in sweet dishes (for some extra flavor in whipped cream or coated with sugar as a garnish) and of course as a delicious addition in salads.

The needles are used to season meat (all kinds) and also potatoes (especially the baked ones!) and gives them a delicious extra flavor boost.

The combination of garlic, rosemary and lamb is a classic and a gift from heaven!

But rosemary would also be a good addition to a good herb butter and as an extra taste-bringer in various red sauces.  The sprigs are perfect for adding some flavor in your BBQ by just tossing them on the coals or why not use them as skewers to stick your sate meat on?

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And because it is one of the few herbs that can withstand high temperatures without loosing too much flavor it is also perfect for stews.

Add a sprig of rosemary to your vegetables while boiling. Especially cauliflower and rosemary work great together. For some inspiration I am naming just a few uses of rosemary, but – of course – feel free to go wild and experiment. And let us know what you made too!

Rosemary oil is nice and easy to make yourself. Wash the rosemary under running water and dry with kitchen paper. The washed sprigs are best bruised quickly with a knife to release the aromatic oils, add them into a bottle that can be sealed and fill with a good quality olive oil. After about four days the oil will have gotten a subtle but delicious rosemary flavor. Beautiful in salads. Of course you can use the same method to make a pretty rosemary vinegar.

Another super easy one; rosemary salt; coursely chopped rosemary mixed with seasalt, put into a pestle and mortar and grind together. Put in a pretty jar and you have a great salt to season your meat (or a nice gift too) Don’t feel scared to add some peppercorns or other spices to make your own ‘signature’ salt mix.

And as a sweet inspiration I have here the recipe for rosemary staranis syrup!

Rosemary syrup

Rosemary syrup

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Delicious to use in drinks on hot summer days is this rosemary syrup!
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Prep time 30 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour


  • 2 rosemary twigs
  • 2 star anis
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 250 gr sugar
  • 400 ml water

  • Juice the limes and add the juice together with the sugar and water into a small saucepan. Bring to the boil.
  • Add the spices and vanilla bean into the boiling mix (split the vanilla bean first) and cook for 30 minutes with the lid on first.
  • After half an hour take of the lid and let it reduce until it becomes syrupy.
  • Remove the herbs and spices and let it cool.
  • Transfer to a bottle of your choice and store in the fridge


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Tom Gerrets

Since recently promoted to sales manager at Simone's Kitchen, he is still working towards his ultimate goal; to become a celebrated hobby chef.. ;) After a few enervating cooking courses he became really interested in preparing dishes. His sometimes cynical outlook on the world and the actualities at least do not leave a bitter taste in his dishes. With Carpe Diem as his life motto Tom is thé Bourgondiër pur sang on this culinary blog and the inventer of the Dudefood Kitchen.