Cooking With Italian Herbs – Sage

September 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The Italian word for sage, salvia, derives from the Latin salus, which means health, safety or wellbeing. Sage was sought, studied and used for medicinal purposes long before it was used in the kitchen. Today, this not often used herb is beneficial in relieving sore throats (if you gargle with it or drink it as a tea); and, if you rub some of its leaves on your teeth, it is said to whiten them. It’s also touted as a great natural insect repellent. Sage helps digestion and aids in the absorption of fatty food. In ancient times and especially during the Roman Empire, sage was considered to be a “miracle herb” that could not only save you from a snake bite, but give you longevity as well.

The varieties of sage used as a spice originated in Asia Minor and quickly spread all over the Mediterranean. Since the Middle Ages…

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