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Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello Mushrooms are the same species of mushroom as White Button Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus.) They are just a slightly different strain of that species, which develops a thin layer of tan or coffee-coloured cells on its cap.

When young, and harvested while the cap is still closed, they are called Cremini mushrooms.

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Rosemary
Rosemary is an herb native to the Mediterranean with small needle-like leaves. It is actually an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 7 feet / 2 metres high. Each spiky, needle-like leaf on it is about an inch (2.5 cm) long. The leaves have a very robust, savoury taste, and can be used dried or fresh, chopped, whole or ground.

If you live in a temperate climate where winter isn't severe, you can grow Rosemary near your kitchen door and cut it year round. But if you don't, don't be put off by those toffs who sniff at using anything but the fresh: Rosemary is one of those herbs that dries extremely well. If they want fresh in February, give them a shovel so they can dig it out from under two feet of snow.

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