Rosemary is a delightful herb that can be obtained in several forms. This enables a variety of different uses, including cooking, perfumery and much more.
Depending on where you live, fresh rosemary is sometimes hard to come by, and can be more expensive out of season. Fortunately, dried rosemary is commonly found at most supermarkets and keeps for much longer. You can also buy it in powdered or capsule form from health stores and use it as a daily supplement.
Rosemary extract, in the form of essential oil, is added to a number of perfumes and beauty products. It’s now also available, for the first time ever, in a drink form. No1 Rosemary Water contains pure rosemary extract, with no sugar or preservatives.
So, do these various forms of the herb all have the same attributes? Let’s have a closer look at the pros and cons of fresh, dried and extracted rosemary.
Nowadays, fresh herbs are mostly used in cooking and are usually added to a meal just before serving. Rosemary is a hardy herb, so it’s quite easy to grow. Those lucky enough to have a bush in their garden can add rosemary leaves to practically everything they eat – much like the people of Acciaroli, who are famous for their longevity.
Chefs typically prefer to use fresh rosemary over dried as its flavour is stronger and its colour is more vivid. Rosemary sprigs also make pretty garnishes, adding an aromatic and aesthetic finishing touch to a dish.
The main problem with fresh rosemary is that it’s difficult to find out of season. It’s also best not to use it fresh when cooking a dish that needs to simmer for a long time (more than 45 minutes).
Dried rosemary leaves are found on most kitchen herb racks. When fresh can’t be found, the dried herb is a perfectly useable and cheaper replacement – provided it’s not added too late.
Unlike fresh herbs, which are added once the meal is ready, dried herbs need time to cook and infuse the food with flavour. If they’re added too late, they can give the food a dusty or even bitter taste. Add them at the beginning of the recipe and their concentrated potency will give a slow-cooked meal an extra dimension of taste!
Woody herbs, like rosemary, oregano and thyme, hold their flavour in dried form better than soft herbs like basil. However, they can lose their flavour if left sitting on a shelf for months. In addition, dried herbs are not particularly aesthetic and don’t contribute anything to the ‘look’ of a dish.
Rosemary extract contains powerful distinctive properties.
The main challenge with rosemary extract is that the extraction process is difficult. To ensure that the product is pure, the aid of botanical scientists is necessary. This is why we’ve gone to all the trouble for you, and created a pure rosemary extract drink that is tasty and captures the herb’s goodness.Try No1 Rosemary Water today and drink to your health.