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    Default Flowering Rosemary

    My Rosemary has started to flower for the first time this year. I've been told that you should not use it for cooking. Is this true?

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    Hi Nilling

    I think herbs are suppose to lose some of their flavour if left to flower but personally mine has been in flower most of the year and I happily use it with no problems.
    Hope this helps!!

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    Mine is also in flower, bit early but lovely! I cooked with it at the weekend and am still here to tell the tale so I guess it must be okay
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    It's fine to eat, but leave some flowers for the bees, they love it!

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    Never heard that before. I have a 'trailing' rosemary that always seems to be in flower, including through the winter. Don't use that one for cooking though, maybe time for an experiment...

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    It's fine to use for cooking. The flowers really attract bees which is good for the rest of the garden or plot. If you don't want to use the flowers, then use the new shoots which soon appear above them.

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    the esstential oils that give rosemary (and all herbs) their powerful smell and taste are at their most concetrated just *before* flowering - so theoretically this is the best time to pick them for flavour and for medicinal use.

    it is perfectly safe to eat when in flower and to be honest i only begin to notice a change in flavour at the "end" of the season when herbs such as tarragon begin to die back for winter.
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    When you bush grows up a bit, you can afford to cut a portion hard occasionally to promote new fresh growth, which keeps that lovely tangy rosemary flavour.

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