12. ROSEMARY – Rosemary is one of the richer herbal sources of antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent cataracts, and contains 19 chemicals with antibacterial action that help fight infection. Traditionally used to ease asthma, this common culinary ingredient has volatile oils that can reduce the airway constriction induced by histamine, that chemical culprit of asthma and other allergy symptoms. Herbalists think that rosemary may also help ease breast pain by acting as a natural drying agent to fluid filled cysts.
Rosemary also pairs well with fish, bread, and beans in soups or purees, and is an essential part of a soffrito, the base of so many stews and braises produced in Italian and Spanish kitchens. Finely chopped needles of rosemary can be incorporated into bread and pizza dough.
Rosemary goes with: bread, chicken, dried beans, fish, garlic, kid, lamb, olive oil, onions, parsley, pine nuts, pork, potatoes, rabbit, tomatoes, yohgurt