Newest Review: ... 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 thrivi... more
Hardy but useful
Member Name: welshwolf
Date: 16/04/01, updated on 16/04/01 (98 review reads)
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Sage has been about for Centuries, originally from the Mediterranean coast in Particular the old Yugoslavia where it is found wild in the hills. It has over 750 varieties and is very hardy.
Provided the soil is well drained it will survive the harshest of winters but it does require a sunny spot for the few days of the year that we actually do get sun!!! The seeds need to be sown late spring and needs to be pruned the following spring. The only bad thing about sage is that it must be replaced every six or seven years as it gets a very woody taste.
The plant grows to some sixty centimetres in height and bushes out very wide. The leaf is green and has a very funny feeling to it. The plant flowers in July and is a very nicely coloured purple.
The plant is best used for fatty meats ideally for stuffing, also very nice with cheese dishes. In the olden days it was used in a tea for anxiety or sleeplessness but mainly for sore throats and mouth infections. Fresh sage rubbed in your mouth will also strengthen your gums my dentist once told me. It was also used by the Romans to colour their hair and in bath water.
Its probably best known for sage and onion stuffing but believe me it tastes ten times better when you make it yourself with fresh sage.