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Crop Profile

Rosemary

Native to the Mediterranean, Portugal and Spain, Rosemary is an herb with a minty, piney aroma. In addition to being used in the kitchen for salads or to season poultry, fish or pasta dishes, it’s been used in tea to treat headaches, poor circulation, depression and muscle cramps.

Size: 18 to 60 inches

Sunlight requirements: Full sun

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week—herbs in containers need more moisture.

Soil requirements: Well-drained, alkaline soil that isn’t heavily fertilized

When to plant: Start seeds early indoors, or direct-seed in early spring. (Plants tolerate slight frost.)

Where to plant: Garden; containers

When to harvest: 80 to 100 days after planting for stem tips; 120 to 180 days after planting for bunches; harvest before plant flowers for best taste.

Product storage: Dry in bunches in a dark, dry area. Store in a cool, dark space, or freeze in airtight containers for six to eight months.

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