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is a respected herb used since ancient times for medicinal, cosmetic,
decorative and culinary purposes. Today, most people recognize it only
for its use for flavoring poultry stuffing at Thanksgiving time. Most
people use it dried, which is unfortunate because the flavor of fresh
sage is quite superior to that of dried.
Fresh sage has many uses and is excellent with
poultry, breads, sausages, cheese and herb butters. In Italy the fresh
leaves are lightly breaded and fried in oil. Try using the whole leaves
on homemade pizza for a unique flavor.
There are many varieties of sages available today.
For culinary use, regular garden sage is the best. There are several varieties
of broadleaf sages that also have good flavor. A few of these can only
be propagated by cuttings so you would have to purchase plants. The colorful
sages, such as tricolor, golden or purple do not have good sage flavor
so they should not be used for culinary purposes. They do make nice additions
to the herb garden, however. Some of the fruit flavored sages do offer
a bit of flavor to dishes. The flowers of pineapple sage are very tasty
and can be used as edible flowers. Hummingbirds love them!
Commercial growers should choose regular garden
sage or broadleaf sage for their main crop. The colorful sages do make
excellent garnish material and their holding quality after harvest is
a bit longer than regular sage.
Sage is very winter hardy but it should be mulched
to provide winter protection in the cold northern climates. It tends to
be vulnerable to fungal diseases, including powdery mildew, so it can
be a bit tricky to grow in hot, humid areas of the country.
Sage is covered in more detail in Chapter 24
of Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs by Sandie Shores.
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