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When shopping for fresh Sage, look for deep silvery green leaves that are not wilted.
Wash and dry fresh sage when you bring it home from the store, then wrap in slightly dampened paper towels and store in a clear plastic bag in the refrigerator. Usage Ideas: Sage pairs well with poultry, pork, lamb, and hardy vegetables like carrots, beans, and peas.
It is commonly used in combination with marjoram, oregano, and thyme in herb blends like poultry seasoning.
Try making an herb butter to rub on whole roasted chicken, turkey, or pork loin. Combine 1 Tbsp chopped Sage with 1 Tbsp chopped thyme and 1 Tbsp chopped marjoram or oregano, then mix with 1 stick softened butter and season with salt and pepper.
Fun Facts: Historically, Sage has been used for a number of medicinal remedies including inflammation and coughs. Today, fresh Sage is still often given in a tea or gargle to relieve sore throats and oral swelling (3)
Fresh Sage leaves also contain high levels of natural estrogens, so consuming sage in food or drinking a sage-infused tea may help relieve symptoms of menopause (2)
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