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A wise herb
Member Name: Ninski1
Advantages: Versatile and easy to grow
Disadvantages: None really
I am lucky enough to have a herb garden and Sage has its place. Sage is a lovely looking little plant with soft fairly light green, purple leaves with little purple flowers. It grows quite tall, mine is around 1 foot tall. Sage tastes woody and is mainly popular as an a herb that lifts the flavour of meat, though as vegetarian I have found a number of great uses for the herb that I will share with you below.
Firstly though Sage is also known as a excellent medicinal herb that can help support health skin, teeth and bones has it has a high calcium content, it also contains potassium and iron and is a good source of Vitamin A, making it a pretty decent antioxidant as well.
Sage is very easy to grow and look after, and mine is thriving in a garden that has well drained soil and gets lots of sun, and it made it through the winter last year. Sage can be used fresh, picked straight from the plant, or it can be dried and stored for a few months. I tend to just use a few leaves as and when required, though I do sometimes use dried Sage.
In the winter I use Sage in casseroles, I find it goes well with Quorn sausages, to make the casserole, which tends to varying on what I have in the cupboard, I tend to fry onions in a little oil, add in a little bit of garlic and then add in some vegetables such as peppers, green beans, sweet corn, than I add in a tin of tomatoes, some salt and pepper and a good helping of sage leaves, the casserole is then left to bubble away until my husband or son shouts they are starving and I serve it all up with bread.
Sage also goes well with Butternut Squash which is my favourite vegetable of all time. I love to roast butternut squash and then add in some sage, salt and pepper and a bit of chilli or cayenne and eat it, or if I have a little more time I will make a Butternut squash risotto, with Sage leaves sprinkled over the top to add a nice earthy flavour to the dish. I also sometimes add Sage to mash potato when topping a shepherdless pie, but best of all I think Sage works well as a stuffing, with veggie sausages, roast potatoes and gravy.
I would recommend Sage to others as it tastes good, is easy to grow and has even been known to impart wisdom.
Summary: Great staple herb with many uses and a great woody flavour