Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), is one of those plants you think about when it is Easter time. Why? Because I enjoy making my roast lamb, an Easter tradition in our family, with sprigs of rosemary and garlic slivers stuck inside it.

It is an ornamental plant that is an evergreen bush. The name, "rosemary" means "dew of the sea." Although it is associated with the Mediterranean area, rosemary is a very popular herb in North America.

If you have a nice sunny kitchen, try potting your fresh rosemary plant in a decorative planter pot, and then placing in direct sunlight. You will be amazed at how fast this plant can grow. Within a few years, with adequate water and sunlight, you will soon have a large bush of rosemary.

Rosemary is one of those wonderful herbs that makes a beautiful ornamental plant as well as a welcome culinary seasoning. Its Latin name, Rosmarinus officinalis, means "dew of the sea" and rosemary is most closely associated with the cooking of the Mediterranean area. However you don't need perfect sunshine, sea mist or even a never ending summer to successfully grow rosemary. In fact, more rosemary plants suffer from too much attention than from too little.

Another way to use rosemary is for kabobs. Trim off the bottom half of leaves on a rosemary stalk. Use the stem as a spear for your meat or veggies. Make sure to soak the rosemary stems for about an hour in water so they do not burn when placed over a grill. You will have a delicious rosemary flavour. Happy cooking!

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