Sage

Year-Round

Health Benefits

Sage has positive effects on memory cognition and improves information processing in the brain. This is especially beneficial to those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies have been published suggesting that sage may have antimicrobial properties and could be used topically to fight bacterial and viral infections. Sage is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin K.

History

Sage has the longest running history of any medicinal herb. The Romans treated sage as it was sacred and believed it had healing powers. They even created special ceremonies for gathering it. Both the Greeks and Romans used it as a preservative for meat. Arab physicians in the 10th century believed the herb promoted immortality. 14th century Europeans used it to protect themselves from witchcraft and during the 17th century, China used the herb to make delicious teas.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Wrap fresh sage in paper towels and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use within 4 to 5 days. Dried sage is best kept in a cool, dark place in a tightly closed container and should be used within 6 months. To freeze, pack loosely in freezer bags. Sage will keep for up to 1 year. Be aware that freezing will intensify the flavor of the herb.

How to Prepare

Rinse sage under cool running water. Let air dry, or pat dry with a paper towel. Remove leaves from the stem.

Ways to Enjoy

Sage has a strong, slightly minty, musky taste. Fresh sage has a milder taste than dried sage. Sage is particularly delicious when paired with fatty meats such as pork, goose, sausage, and lamb. It is also pairs well with stuffing, risotto, beans, potatoes, cheeses, and tomato sauces. Sage is complementary with flavors such as onion, thyme, garlic, oregano, bay leaf, parsley, and rosemary. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way, as sage can easily overpower a dish.

Health Benefits

Sage has positive effects on memory cognition and improves information processing in the brain. This is especially beneficial to those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies have been published suggesting that sage may have antimicrobial properties and could be used topically to fight bacterial and viral infections. Sage is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin K.

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