Rosemary Trivia Questions and Answers

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1: What is the scientific name for rosemary?
A: Salvia rosmarinus
B: Rosmarinus officinalis
C: Salvia jordanii
D: Rosmarinus flexuosus
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The scientific name for rosemary is Salvia rosmarinus, a name that was updated in 2017.

2: What is the origin of the name rosemary?
A: It means ‘dew of the sea.’
B: It means ‘sun of the valley.’
C: It means ‘earth’s gift.’
D: It means ‘sky’s blessing.’
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The name rosemary derives from Latin ros marinus, which means ‘dew of the sea.’

3: In what climate regions is rosemary native?
A: The Mediterranean, Portugal, and northwestern Spain
B: The Amazon, sub-Saharan Africa, and Australia
C: The United States, Canada, and Greenland
D: Southeast Asia, Japan, and India
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region, as well as Portugal and northwestern Spain.

4: Which family does rosemary belong to?
A: Asteraceae
B: Rosaceae
C: Lamiaceae
D: Fabaceae
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Rosemary belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which includes many other culinary and medicinal herbs.

5: What notable feature does rosemary have that allows it to survive in drought conditions?
A: Fibrous root system
B: Thick, waxy leaves
C: Deep taproots
D: Aerial roots
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Rosemary has a fibrous root system which allows it to absorb water efficiently, helping it survive drought conditions.

6: What is the best known cultivar of rosemary that can withstand temperatures down to about -20°C?
A: ‘Blue Rain’
B: ‘Arp’
C: ‘Golden Rain’
D: ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The rosemary cultivar ‘Arp’ is known for being especially cold-hardy, withstanding temperatures down to about -20°C.

7: How tall can the upright forms of rosemary grow?
A: 1-2 feet
B: 3-5 feet
C: 2-4 feet
D: 4-6 feet
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The upright forms of rosemary can reach between 4-6 feet tall.

8: During what seasons does rosemary commonly flower?
A: Winter and Spring
B: Autumn and Winter
C: Spring and Summer
D: Summer and Autumn
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Rosemary commonly flowers in spring and summer in temperate climates.

9: When was rosemary reclassified from Rosmarinus officinalis to Salvia rosmarinus?
A: 2010
B: 2012
C: 2015
D: 2017
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Rosemary was reclassified as Salvia rosmarinus in 2017.

10: What time period does the first mention of rosemary date back to?
A: 2000 BCE
B: 1000 BCE
C: 5000 BCE
D: 3000 BCE
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The first mention of rosemary is found on cuneiform stone tablets from as early as 5000 BCE.

11: Which famous Roman writer mentioned rosemary in The Natural History?
A: Julius Caesar
B: Pliny the Elder
C: Cicero
D: Seneca
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Pliny the Elder wrote about rosemary in his work The Natural History.

12: Which ancient civilization used rosemary for embalming corpses?
A: The Greeks
B: The Egyptians
C: The Chinese
D: The Romans
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Egyptians used rosemary for embalming corpses starting in 3500 BCE.

13: In what book is rosemary prominently mentioned as an influential herb?
A: The Herbal Guide
B: De Materia Medica
C: The Green Pharmacy
D: The Complete Herbal
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Rosemary is prominently mentioned in De Materia Medica, one of the most influential books on herbs, written by Pedanius Dioscorides.

14: Which famous king promoted the use of rosemary in monastic gardens and farms?
A: King Arthur
B: King Henry VIII
C: Charlemagne
D: William the Conqueror
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Charlemagne promoted the use of rosemary and ordered it to be grown in monastic gardens and farms.

15: When did rosemary likely arrive in England with the Romans?
A: 100 CE
B: 43 CE
C: 70 CE
D: 120 CE
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Rosemary likely arrived in England with the Romans when they invaded Britain in 43 CE.

16: In what century are there first viable records of rosemary being naturalized in Britain?
A: 13th century
B: 10th century
C: 14th century
D: 8th century
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The first viable records of rosemary being naturalized in Britain date to the 8th century CE.

17: What historical document contains a description of rosemary’s virtues in the 14th century?
A: The British Herbarium
B: A letter to Queen Philippa
C: The Royal Medicinal Guide
D: The Garden Book
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In 1338, a letter to Queen Philippa describes the virtues of rosemary as part of a gift from her mother.

18: What alcoholic-based perfume in Europe primarily used rosemary in the 14th century?
A: Cologne Water
B: Lavender Mist
C: Hungary Water
D: Venetian Water
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Hungary Water, dating to the 14th century, was one of the first alcohol-based perfumes in Europe and primarily made from distilled rosemary.

19: When did rosemary arrive in the Americas with European settlers?
A: 18th century
B: 16th century
C: 15th century
D: 17th century
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Rosemary arrived in the Americas with early European settlers in the beginning of the 17th century.

20: For what practical applications, besides decoration, is rosemary cultivated?
A: Textiles and clothing
B: Medicine and cooking
C: Paper and printing
D: Jewelry and accessories
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Rosemary is cultivated for practical applications such as medicine and cooking.

21: How long should a rosemary bush mature before it is first harvested?
A: 1-2 years
B: 2-3 years
C: 3-4 years
D: 4-5 years
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: A rosemary bush should mature for 2-3 years before it is first harvested to ensure it is large enough to withstand it.

22: What percentage of a rosemary plant’s growth should be harvested annually to preserve it?
A: 10%
B: 15%
C: 20%
D: 25%
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: No more than 20% of the rosemary plant’s growth should be harvested annually to preserve the plant.

23: Which trait makes rosemary attractive for xeriscape landscaping?
A: Pest-resistance
B: Bright flowers
C: Aromatic leaves
D: Drought-tolerance
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Rosemary is attractive for xeriscape landscaping because it is drought-tolerant.

24: Which rosemary cultivar has white flowers?
A: ‘Blue Rain’
B: ‘Golden Rain’
C: ‘Albus’
D: ‘Irene’
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The rosemary cultivar ‘Albus’ is known for its white flowers.

25: Which cultivar of rosemary is known for being dwarf with small leaves?
A: ‘Blue Boy’
B: ‘Ken Taylor’
C: ‘Majorica Pink’
D: ‘Sudbury Blue’
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The ‘Blue Boy’ cultivar is a dwarf variety with small leaves.

26: Which rosemary cultivar is known for having a lemon scent and being especially cold-hardy?
A: ‘Golden Rain’
B: ‘Albus’
C: ‘Arp’
D: ‘Wilma’s Gold’
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The ‘Arp’ cultivar has a light green, lemon-scented foliage and is known for being especially cold-hardy.

27: Which traditional rosemary cultivar has a robust upright form?
A: ‘Severn Sea’
B: ‘Blue Rain’
C: ‘Tuscan Blue’
D: ‘Pinkie’
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The ‘Tuscan Blue’ cultivar is known for its traditional robust upright form.

28: Which rosemary cultivar has been taken from the Gallipoli Peninsula?
A: ‘Severn Sea’
B: ‘Remembrance’
C: ‘Prostratus’
D: ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The ‘Remembrance’ (or ‘Gallipoli’) cultivar has been taken from the Gallipoli Peninsula.

29: What makes rosemary leaves an excellent pairing when roasted with meats or vegetables?
A: They turn sweet
B: They leave no scent
C: They impart a mustard-like aroma
D: They become tasteless
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Rosemary leaves impart a mustard-like aroma and an additional fragrance of charred wood that pairs well with roasted foods.

30: What is a common nutritional characteristic of rosemary when used in typical culinary amounts?
A: High in vitamin C
B: No nutritional value
C: Low in fat
D: Rich in protein
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In amounts typically used to flavor foods, rosemary provides no significant nutritional value.

31: How does rosemary extract improve the shelf life of omega 3-rich oils?
A: It thickens the oils
B: It enhances their flavor
C: It improves heat stability
D: It makes them less colorful
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Rosemary extract has been shown to improve the shelf life and heat stability of omega 3-rich oils, which are prone to rancidity.

32: Rosemary essential oil contains what percentage of camphor?
A: 5-10%
B: 10-20%
C: 20-30%
D: 30-40%
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Rosemary essential oil contains 10-20% camphor.

33: Which Shakespeare play features the quote “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance”?
A: Hamlet
B: Macbeth
C: Othello
D: King Lear
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The quote “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance” is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

34: In which year did Elizabeth Kent note the translation of rosemary as “Sea-dew”?
A: 1723
B: 1923
C: 1823
D: 1623
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Elizabeth Kent noted the translation of rosemary as “Sea-dew” in her 1823 book Flora Domestica.

35: What historical figure is credited with applying the current taxonomic genus name for rosemary?
A: Charles Darwin
B: Carl Linnaeus
C: Gregor Mendel
D: Alfred Wallace
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Carl Linnaeus, a founding taxonomist, applied the current genus name for rosemary.

36: What was rosemary used for in ancient Egypt?
A: Cooking meat
B: Sacred rituals
C: Embalming corpses
D: Dyeing fabrics
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: In ancient Egypt, rosemary was used for embalming corpses.

37: Which group of people were known to throw rosemary into graves as a symbol of remembrance?
A: Egyptians
B: Greeks
C: Australians
D: Europeans
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Europeans would throw rosemary into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead.

38: What type of tea can be made from rosemary leaves?
A: Herbal tea
B: Black tea
C: Green tea
D: Oolong tea
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Herbal tea can be made from rosemary leaves.

39: What folklore belief is associated with rosemary?
A: It grants eternal youth
B: It improves memory
C: It attracts wealth
D: It wards off evil spirits
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In folklore, rosemary was believed to improve memory.

40: The fictional hero in Don Quixote uses rosemary in a recipe for what?
A: Healing potion
B: Love charm
C: Balm of fierabras
D: Invisibility potion
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: In Don Quixote, the hero uses rosemary in his recipe for balm of fierabras.

41: Why do Australians wear sprigs of rosemary on ANZAC Day?
A: To honor the living
B: For good luck
C: To signify remembrance
D: For healing
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Australians wear sprigs of rosemary on ANZAC Day to signify remembrance for those who died during World War I.

42: What is the E number assigned to rosemary extract used as a food preservative?
A: E280
B: E392
C: E100
D: E150
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The E number assigned to rosemary extract used as a food antioxidant preservative is E392.

43: What core group of phytochemicals does rosemary contain?
A: Vitamins and minerals
B: Protein and fiber
C: Rosmarinic acid, camphor
D: Sugar and fat
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Rosemary contains phytochemicals such as rosmarinic acid and camphor.

44: What is the botanical description of rosemary’s leaves?
A: Evergreen, similar to hemlock needles
B: Broad and thick with red veins
C: Heart-shaped and green
D: Thin and flexible with blue spots
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Rosemary has evergreen leaves similar to hemlock needles.

45: Which form of rosemary can be used as a low hedge?
A: Trailing forms
B: Groundcover cultivars
C: Upright forms
D: Dwarf varieties
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Upright forms of rosemary can grow tall enough to be pruned into low hedges.

46: During which months may rosemary flowers appear outside their usual flowering season in the northern hemisphere?
A: October to December
B: December to February
C: September to November
D: November to January
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In the northern hemisphere, rosemary may flower as late as December and as early as mid-February.

47: What is rosemary often combined with for Christmas decorations?
A: Mistletoe and pine
B: Holly and ivy
C: Tangerines and cinnamon
D: Radishes and garlic
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In the 17th century, rosemary was commonly used with holly and ivy for Christmas decorations.

48: Who noted that rosemary thrives best by the sea?
A: William Turner
B: Elizabeth Kent
C: John Gerarde
D: Nicholas Culpeper
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Elizabeth Kent noted in her Flora Domestica that rosemary thrives best by the sea.

49: What is the ideal condition for growing rosemary in a garden?
A: Shady areas
B: Drought-tolerant soil
C: Waterlogged soil
D: Very high humidity
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Rosemary is drought-tolerant and is ideal for gardening in regions with Mediterranean climate.

50: How many years can a rosemary plant live?
A: 15 years
B: 25 years
C: 35 years
D: 45 years
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: A rosemary plant can live as long as 35 years.

51: What type of hair covers the underside of rosemary leaves?
A: Silky
B: Wispy
C: Short and woolly
D: Long and smooth
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The underside of rosemary leaves is covered in dense, short, woolly hair.

52: What famous naturalists applied the original and current genus names of rosemary?
A: Charles Darwin
B: Carl Linnaeus
C: Alexander von Humboldt
D: Joseph Banks
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Carl Linnaeus applied both the original genus name Rosmarinus and the current genus name Salvia to the plant.

53: Which cultivar of rosemary is known for its distinctive tall and fastigiate form?
A: ‘Ken Taylor’
B: ‘Lockwood de Forest’
C: ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’
D: ‘Blue Boy’
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The cultivar ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’ is known for its distinctive tall and fastigiate form.

54: Which culture uses rosemary for christenings, weddings, burials, and festivals?
A: Celtic
B: Danube Swabian
C: Turkish
D: Maori
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Rosemary is very important in Danube Swabian culture and is used for various life events and festivals.

55: In which Shakespeare play does Perdita mention “Rosemary and Rue”?
A: The Tempest
B: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
C: The Winter’s Tale
D: Twelfth Night
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: In Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Perdita mentions “Rosemary and Rue.”

56: What traditional symbolic meaning is associated with rosemary in the language of flowers?
A: Fidelity in love
B: Wealth and prosperity
C: Eternal youth
D: Success and victory
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: In the language of flowers, rosemary means ‘fidelity in love.’

57: What type of harmful condition is rosemary resistant to?
A: Fungal infections
B: Heavy metals
C: Pests
D: Viral outbreaks
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Rosemary is considered pest-resistant, making it an easy plant to grow in gardens.

58: How are the groups of flowers commonly situated on rosemary branches?
A: Singularly along the tips
B: In clusters of 2 to 3
C: In groups of 4 to 5
D: Only at the base
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The branches of rosemary are dotted with groups of 2 to 3 flowers along its length.

59: What geographical feature is rosemary derived from according to its Latin name?
A: Mountains
B: Plains
C: Forests
D: Sea
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The Latin name, ros marinus, translates to ‘dew of the sea,’ indicating its origins near coastal regions.

60: What ancient civilization believed rosemary was sacred, alongside the Greeks and Romans?
A: Assyrians
B: Egyptians
C: Persians
D: Indians
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The ancient Egyptians, along with the Greeks and Romans, considered rosemary to be a sacred herb.

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