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Feature Plant Friday: The Rich History of Rosemary

Feature Plant Friday: The Rich History of Rosemary

An evergreen herb with a distinctive aroma, rosemary has been used in cooking, medicine, and cultural practices for thousands of years. Enriched with meaning from folklore, rosemary has been used to scare away witches, celebrate weddings, and as a token of remembrance on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day in Australia, due to its growth on the Gallipoli peninsula. But did you know that rosemary is also a member of the mint family, along with lavender, sage, basil, and oregano?

The History of the ANZAC Biscuit

The History of the ANZAC Biscuit

Each Anzac Day in Australia, these humble biscuits are a sweet diversion on an otherwise sombre occasion.  But have you ever found yourself wondering about the history of the Anzac biscuit?  Well they’re widely believed to have originated around the time of World War I in 1915.  Anzac biscuits were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers abroad because they travelled well and didn’t go mouldy like bread did.  However, the biscuits that were sent to soldiers back then were a fry cry from the commercial sweet variety that is popular today.