Sage Advice Article - Allrecipes.com
Add a Comment

Sage Advice

Think outside the recipe box. Savory sage can add spice to your cooking in ways that just might surprise you.

For many cooks, sage is the stuff of ... well, stuffing, and not much else. But this fragrant herb has many more uses than spicing up a Thanksgiving turkey.


How to Grow Sage

If you're familiar only with the slightly bitter taste of dried or rubbed sage, fresh sage is a delightful surprise. This herb is at its aromatic best immediately after picking, with a sweeter, more subtle flavor than you may be used to. To grow:

  • Start sage by seed indoors or out, or buy nursery plants.
  • Choose a sunny, well-drained location, and space the plants 3 feet apart. (A single plant provides plenty of leaves for cooking.)
  • Keep soil moist until the plant is established, then back off. 
  • After the plant blooms, cut it back to encourage more leaves. 
  • Harvest leaves when the plant is 8 inches tall.

Contact your local garden center or horticulture extension office to find out what grows best in your own backyard.




    Comments
    Laura 
    Nov. 14, 2010 7:03 pm
    I grow sage in my backyard. Every year I harvested and dry it and give away to family and friends in mason jars- I use it in chicken soup,stew chicken and turkey.I love the flavor.
     
     
    ADVERTISEMENT
    Subscribe Today!

    In Season

    Delightful Summer Parties
    Delightful Summer Parties

    All the little bites, cocktails, casual dishes, and desserts you want for your next get-together.

    Banana Bread
    Banana Bread

    Bake those overripe bananas into a delicious, easy loaf of quick bread.

    Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
    Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

    Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

    Related Videos

    All about Bay Leaves

    Learn about the leaves that add savory flavor to all kinds of dishes.

    All about Dill

    Whether you use leaves or seeds, dill delivers fresh, tart flavor.

    All about Parsley

    See how to use this grassy-flavored, all-purpose herb.

    Most Popular Blogs

    Recently Viewed Recipes

    You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
    Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
     
    Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

    Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States