Sage is an herb from an evergreen shrub, Salvia officinalis, in the Labitae, or mint family.
Its long, grayish-green leaves take on a velvety, cotton-like texture when rubbed (meaning ground lightly and passed through a coarse sieve).
Sage is rich in antioxidants, has a fragrant aroma and an astringent but warm flavor. The name “sage” comes from the Latin word “salia,” meaning “to save.”
Culinary Caution! Sage contains a compound called thujone that is dangerous in large quantities.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=32,004
Selecting and Storing Sage
Fresh sage should have a velvety texture and noticeable aroma. Store fresh sage in the refrigerator, wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag for up to 4 days. Dried sage should be stored in a cool, dark place for no more than 6 months.