The word "sage"means someone who is wise, discerning, insightful, etc. But in our culinary world, the common sage is what we are familiar with. Sage (aka salvia divinorum) is one of the oldest medicinal and culinary herbs known to man. The Ancient Egyptians used it as a fertility drug; and, it is believed that in the 1st century C.E. a solution of sage was used to stop the bleeding of wounds, prevent ulcers and heal sores. Sage juice in warm water was also used for hoarseness and coughs.
Yet, to the food lovers of the world, the woodsy-aromatic fragrance of sage conjures images of holiday gatherings as the smell of a roasted turkey stuffed with sage wafts through the house. Continue reading