Monthly Archives: July 2012
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is probably best known as the herb for stuffing. In addition to stuffing, sage is great in pasta sauce, sausages, breads, and with vegetable such as carrots.
Sage is also attracts bees to its beautiful blue flowers. In addition to the typical sage as pictured above, sage also comes in other varieties and colors including Golden – with leaves splashed with golden yellow, Purple – leaves of purple and green, and Tricolor – leaves of white, green, and purple. The relative, Pineapple Sage Salvia elegans, is a tender perennial which I grow in a pot and bring inside over winter. As the name suggests, the leaves have a pineapple scent and flavor. Other than Pineapple Sage, the sages mentioned are drought tolerant.
Golden, Tricolor, and Purple Sage all have the same scent and flavor as typical culinary sage. Planting them can add more diversity to the landscape. The leaves can be used as a garnish or to add color to appetizers.