The herb of this month is sage.
Sage leaves are mainly used in Mediterranean cuisine. It is a very aromatic herb. You can use the fresh and the dried leaves and it is mainly used in warm dishes.
Sage goes very well with meat dishes, such as chicken or pork. It fits in gravy and sauces and has a very distinctive taste, which cannot be described. Because of the predominant taste, you only need a little, which is just as well, because Sage is toxic in large amounts. Most taste is released when you crush the fresh leaves first. Because of the special taste, Sage is difficult to replace with another herb.
You can dry the leaves, by laying them flat on the floor on a newspaper, in a drying cabinet or by drying it in a fooddryer. You can then use the leaves in tea, fragrance sticks and incense. Sage energetically cleanses a room.
- You take a little hand of fresh Sage
- Two cloves of garlic
- Ounce of butter
Chop the Sage and the garlic very fine. Melt the butter. The butter may not turn brown! Add the Sage and the garlic and turn around well. Remove the pan from the heat. Prepare the pasta and when the pasta is ready, you can add the sage mixture and stirr well. Serve with parmesan.
Amongst other things, Sage works against a sore throat and stress and it works for good bowel movements. You can use sage in a coughing syrup or you can make cough bonbons with Sage. Below, you will find a recipe.
Recipe for cough bonbons with Sage
- You take 15 grams of fresh Sage leaves.
- 100 grams of coconutflower sugar.
- A teaspoon manuka honey.
- A little bit of fresh lemonjuice.
Chop the Sage very fine, or you can put the Sage leaves in the blender. Take a thick-bottomed saucepan and heat the sugar until it has melted. Put the chopped Sage, the manuka honey and the lemonjuice in and stirr well. Pour the mass in small silicone forms and let it cool for at least 6-8 hours.
It is worth your while to plant Sage, take into consideration though that Sage needs a lot of space. Sage can become big, so you need to cut it back between July and September. The stems can wood and you cut back a bit above the wood.
Have fun experimenting with Sage and feel free to let me know what your experiences are by commenting or contacting me.