Silly Food Fact
Sage is a very old herb. The Romans prized it as a medicine, and salvia, the official name for sage means to heal or save. Centuries ago, people were also convinced that sage produced wisdom. Have you heard the word “sage” used to describe a person? It means someone who is very wise. Sage is a versatile plant: a pungent herb for cooking, an attractive landscaping bush, a soothing medicinal tea, and a popular greenery in craft projects.
Why Our Bodies Love It
There’s a long list of health uses for sage. It can function as a headache remedy, an antiseptic, a way to freshen breath, and a stress reducer. Others claim it helps with coughs and sore throats, indigestion, and menopausal symptoms. Currently, studies are evaluating sage as an aid for memory loss. Sage is one busy herb!
Care and Picking
Sage is an evergreen shrub with oblong gray-green leaves. It prefers full sun and likes some bone meal mixed into well-drained soil. Sage would rather be too dry than too soggy. After you’ve had your sage plant for a few years, revive it by taking cuttings in the spring and growing new, young plants. Sage does well in containers; if inside, a sunny windowsill is perfect.
Tips and Warnings
Nothing is boring about sage: try pineapple sage or tri-colored sage or tangerine sage! Each has distinct leaf/flower colors and some fabulous scents! Leaves can be used in tea or minced into soft cheese or salads. Sage is great with poultry, lamb, and vegetables. As expected, fresh sage surpasses dried in flavor, but definitely dry extra sage leaves—keep in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place to use during the winter months. Here are a few tips for storing sage:
How to harvest and store sage
Check out neat ways to cook with sage