How to Grow Sage

Sage is an herb that can be used medicinally and in the kitchen. Learn how to grow sage, how to create sage cuttings for new plants, medicinal uses and how to make a savory sage scone.

| December 2003/January 2004

Learn how to grow sage in the garden, and the many culinary uses it has in savory recipes.

Using Sage in the Kitchen

Savory Sage Scones Recipe

How to Grow Sage

Sausage just wouldn't be sausage without sage. Bean soup, sage cheese and Thanksgivings stuffing would suffer incalculably, too. A couple of plants in your- kitchen garden, though, will save you from ever having to do without the comforting, complex, astringent taste of sage.

The common culinary sage, Salvia officinalis is one of the oldest cultivated herbs in the world. In ancient Europe and China, and later in North America, it was used as a seasoning and a tea, and renowned for its association with long life and good health.

The genus name, Salvia, derives from the Latin word "salvere," which means "to heal." The officinalis designation signals medicinal characteristics, too. Sage leaves possess antibiotic properties, and sage tea often is recommended as a digestive tonic and a cure-all for colds.

Sage also is rich in vitamins A and C, plus numerous antioxidant compounds. Sore throats, irritated gums and oral sores can be soothed by a gargle or mouthwash of strong sage tea. Because of its potency, though, avoid using sage medicinally if you are pregnant or nursing.

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