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Rubbed Sage

Meet rubbed sage, the most popular form of the herb.


A gentle grinding and then a quick run through a coarse sieve gives rubbed sage its fluffy, scruffy, almost cotton-like appearance, which is unique among ground herbs.

Rubbed sage has a silvery gray-green color and is aromatic, with a woody, pine-edged scent and sometimes a medicinal note.

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Sage is a big player in Mediterranean cooking. It’s a great match with sausages, poultry, pork, beef, lamb, and fish dishes. In the United States, rubbed sage is particularly popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, when it is featured prominently in turkey and stuffing recipes.

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Rubbed sage pairs well with balsamic vinegar, basil, bay leaves, black pepper, cream, cheese, garlic, lavender, lemons, mushrooms, onions, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Sage is also a good pairing partner with red wine.

    Nov. 20, 2010 6:01 pm
    I grow sage, and I dry it and use it in recipes. But did you know it also is a hair rinse. Just take the sage and boil it in hot water, after it cools a little pour on roots of grey hair for brunettes.
    Nov. 22, 2011 5:22 am
    sage is a wonderful herb, but did you know that sage and rosemary can cause epileptics to have seizures? my daughter is epileptic and those are two things we have to stay away from. november is epilepsy awareness month! please support it by wearing purple!! :D
    Nov. 25, 2011 6:05 am
    I grow my own, dry and use it in recipes, it also has great medicinal properties. For one steep it in hot water with your tea and a little honey for sore throat!
    c lane 
    Nov. 27, 2011 1:03 am
    Also grow my own for cooking & use in teas, helps with sinus congestion.
    Jan. 5, 2012 4:24 pm
    we make a delicious recipe using fresh sage. We use white wine, cream, sage etc and use it for sauteeing crayfish in.
    Nov. 12, 2012 6:07 pm
    Great tips, I'll try the hair rinse on my husband. The secret to great soup is a pinch of sage.
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