Rosemary is a small evergreen shrub with soft, needle-shaped leaves in the mint family. They are often sold as fragrant mini Christmas trees during the winter and although they are somewhat cold hardy, they cannot withstand an extended hard frost.
Rosemary is commonly used as a seasoning for meats and it is delicious with potatoes and onions. The leaves dry well and their flavor intensifies upon drying, so you should use half as many dried rosemary leaves as you would fresh.
Rosemary can also be tossed on the coals of the grill to enhance the flavor of grilled foods.
Rosemary is traditionally associated with memory or remembrance and can be used in feasts for the dead and funerary rites. It also symbolizes love and loyalty and may be used in wedding feasts.
Rosemary can also be added to study snacks or drinks to encourage retention of the material being studied or served at a meal that you want to be remembered.