This a great plant in a pot or in the ground. Sweet pineapple flavor can be used to sweeten chicken, coleslaw or pork. Perennial in our large 4 1/2" pots
are many types of sages grown but only a few are used in cooking. Most
commonly grown is the Garden Sage with its long grayish green
leaves but there are many variegated types of this plant which are
beautiful in the garden and flavorful also. Another variety of garden
sage is called "Berggarten Sage" which is a variety bred not to flower
so that more leaves are produced. It is a nice strong flavor for
culinary use. Tri-color sage, purple sage, & golden sage are all
variegated types of Sage. Pineapple sage is another variety in the same
family but with no "sage" flavor at all, only a sweet pineapple scent
that is very mild.
like to grow in well drained soil with lots of sunshine. Most pests
leave it alone except grasshoppers and a few caterpillars who love the
taste of the leaves. Sages will grow to 3 feet across and 2 feet tall.
They are perennial and will survive most winters with a good mulching
in fall. Keep sages pruned to keep them bushy and prevent woodiness.
harvest Sage, cut off branch tips as needed and new growth will branch
out from the cuts. To dry or freeze some for winter use, hang in
bunches in a dry dark place or just put whole leaves into a ziploc bag
and freeze. Freezing is preferred as drying causes a change in the
flavor to a stronger more medicinal taste.
To use Sage in cooking, use it to flavor meats such as in Veal Saltimbocca, with Roasting meats and potatoes, as stuffing with onion, or just use fresh leaves sauted in butter on pasta. Use just a little at a time, it is very full flavored.