Fun Food Facts
Sage is a very old herb. The Romans prized it as a medicine (salvia, the official name for sage, means to heal or save). Centuries ago, people were also convinced that sage produced wisdom. Have you ever heard the phrase “sage advice”? How about the word “sage” being 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 potential health benefits that sage offers. It’s believed to be a headache remedy, an antiseptic, a way to freshen breath, and a stress reducer. Others claim it helps with coughs, sore throats and indigestion. 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 replanting cuttings in the spring. This could produce a new, younger sage plant! Sage does well in containers (if inside, a sunny windowsill is perfect).
Tips and Warnings
Sage leaves can be used in tea, minced into soft cheese or tossed into salads. Sage is great with poultry, lamb, and vegetables. As expected, fresh sage surpasses dried in flavor, but it’s certainly worth it to dry any of your extra sage leaves. Keep them in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place to use during the winter months. Here’s how to properly dry and store sage.
Check out these neat ways to cook with sage!