Sage is an herb from the mint family that has a sweet, yet savory flavor. Sage’s botanical name comes from the Latin word “salvere,” meaning “to be saved.” Once prized for its medicinal value, the most popular use of sage these days is in the stuffing for a holiday turkey.
Sage has a very long and rich history due to both its medicinal and culinary uses. In ancient times the herb was used to heal ulcers, to help stop the bleeding of wounds, and to soothe a sore throat. People also used sage to treat colds, joint pain, typhoid fever, and kidney and liver issues.
Because of sage’s nutritional benefits, it is an excellent herb to incorporate into everyday cooking. A tablespoon of sage has 43 percent of the daily recommended serving of vitamin K and is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, and manganese. It contains much higher doses than the recommended daily requirements of B vitamins such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine, and riboflavin, as well as healthy amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, and copper. Its unique flavor makes sage an ideal herb to add to dishes.
Pick up the spice, along with a recipe at one of the Coffey County Library branches.
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