Salvia officinalis: sage

Sage Salvia officinalis

Sage Salvia officinalis, salvia and “sage” are derived from the latin salvere (to save), referring to the healing properties long attributed to the various Salvia species. It has been recommended at one time or another for virtually every ailment and has been used since ancient times for warding off evil, snakebites and increasing women’s fertility.

Salvia_officinalis_Köhlers_SageAs one of the essential herbs, along with parsley, rosemary and thyme, sage is a christmas recipe favourite.

The colour of downy sage leaves and their flavour varies but, in essence, sage is a very strongly aromatic and slightly bitter herb that can withstand long cooking times without losing its flavour.

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