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.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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