Rosemary pruning when
Growing aromatic plants in your own home is an absolute convenience. This allows us, at any time, to have our beloved spices and our beloved aromas directly at hand. But the cultivation of these plants requires a lot of care and attention. We must learn to know them, to know how and how much to feed them, to know how and when to prune them. In the case of rosemary, a very useful ally in the kitchen, the best time of year to devote to its pruning is spring, when it is in the phase of vegetative awakening of the plants. Why? In this period, the plants are awakened and new shoots are born. It is precisely on these new shoots that the incisions of the pruning must be made, otherwise the risk will be to affect dry branches that will produce nothing. Once seen, the first shoots can be pruned, that is, to cut away the dry branches and the old flowers. How should it be cut? This depends only on the taste of the gardener. You can choose to give it a precise shape or let the case guide our hands and our scissors.
Rosemary in the kitchen
Rosemary is an aromatic plant widely used in cooking, which is often associated with Italian cuisine in particular. Its leaves can be used fresh or after being dried. It has an aroma that can be defined as resinous and leaves a bitter taste, but not annoying. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it tends to preserve its good fragrance even after it has been cooked. For this reason, rosemary sprigs are often placed in the oven next to roast meat or roasted potatoes. We can find rosemary leaves on very good focacce, which do not need to be stuffed thanks to the aroma and flavor they buy with this plant. Among other things, rosemary must not necessarily be used alone, but can easily be associated with other types of herbs and aromas, such as sage, oregano, parsley, thyme and garlic. All together these plants form the condiment that is used in American Thanksgiving lunch.
How to grow rosemary
If we want to have a rosemary plant available on our balcony, we need to know how to grow it. First of all, rosemary loves the heat, the sun and the open air, so it is important not to keep it at home, it would die in a few days. The balcony or the windowsill are certainly an excellent solution. It can very well grow in marine areas, as long as it is in a spot sheltered from too strong drafts or freezing winds, especially in winter. The soil must be rather dry, which is why it should be watered little but often, but it is not absolutely necessary for its land to remain soup of water. Also in this case our plant could leave us in a short time. A little more water is needed only when the plant is just born or in the period in which it blooms. There are no specific indications on the type of terrain. However, if we cultivate our rosemary in pots it is important to remember to decant them every two or three years, putting under the earth some fragments of stone that help the water to slip away more easily after watering.
Properties and benefits of rosemary
The rosemary plant is rich in essential oils, flavonoids, phenolic acids, resins. In addition, it contains rosmarinic acid which has antioxidant properties, so it attacks free radicals. In particular, this type of acid fights the superoxide anion, a free radical responsible for the oxidation of the cells of our body. If we make an infusion or a decoction it becomes an excellent purifying liver drink and is also a perfect digestive for our intestines. It is also inserted into other detoxifying herbal teas, because it is very useful against aerofagia and helps the intestines to relax. It is also very useful as a balsamic plant in the treatment of coughs and colds in particular, but also in case of fever it can soothe the consequent headache and help decrease body temperature. Also having astringent properties, it is very useful in cases of diarrhea, bleeding and when you have a too strong menstrual flow. Excellent ointments can also be made for sprains and bruises.