Knowledge Bank – Rosemary

Here’s another natural spice which is in #avkghanaian10spiceblend.
#Rosemary (#rosmarinus #officinalis) is a woodsy-citrus fragrant herb with needle like leaves. The leaves are used as flavouring in foods. As far as I can remember, we called it #Rosemary there’s no local name for it in Ghana, however, let’s hear from you if you know otherwise.
Rosemary goes well with just about anything for seasoning lamb, pork, chicken and also great with tomato based sauces.
Rosemary is one of those herbs with a thousand uses, it’s notes just for the flavor it adds to food, but it has some medicinal uses as well. Its flower tops, contains antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid, plus several essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, and α-pinene that are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. Rosemary is also known to improve memory.
A prominent mineral in rosemary is manganese which plays such a critical antioxidant role in the body. Rosemary also contains iron and potassium (which helps control heart rate and blood pressure). There’s also fiber, copper, calcium, and magnesium, and an abundance of B vitamins, such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, folates, useful for DNA synthesis and for women just prior to conception, which helps prevent neural tube defects in newborns.

Adding rosemary to your food therefore has many benefits. Apparently the dried form, being concentrated, provides a bit more of all the above benefits.

So do use it more in your cooking.
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