Difficult soil conditions for better flavour?
If the soil is rather lean, calcareous and dry, the plant will not grow as quickly, but the aroma will be more intense
. A handful of compost annually is sufficient for nutrients. Newly planted garden sage is for April, cut back plants that have grown in no earlier than mid-March.
Sage in the kitchen
Sage leaves have a tart and dominant aroma and taste from slightly bitter to camphor-like
. In cooking however, the spicy herb should be used sparingly
and combined with other flavourful spices so that the taste does not overpower the rest of the flavours
. Sage is versatile
and adds a Mediterranean touch to pasta dishes, vegetables, meat and fish dishes; pork and lamb harmonise perfectly with the medicinal herb. Sage is also an important ingredient in the classic Italian herb mix
(usually made of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sage or cilantro).
Sage as a remedy
The essential oils and tannins have a germicidal
effect, but also antiperspirant
. Therefore, sage, for example as a tea, is used for digestive complaints, but also helps with inflammation of the mouth and throat or heavy sweating - the medicinal plant of the year 2023
is truly an all-rounder for body, kitchen and health. (APA/dpa)