Steenbergs Organic Sage is a classic organic sage herb from Turkey. Organic sage has one of the richest and most distinctive flavours of all the herbs. Organic sage is perfect for a simple baked chicken or pork, just sprinkle Steenbergs organic sagewith lemon juice or sea salt and organic pepper. Organic sage's rich strength lends itself well to many dishes, such as beef roasts, pork chops and game dishes like venison, duck and goose. Leftover turkey or chicken can be pepped up with a bit of organic sage and of course it is still a favourite used with onion, bread and other seasonings such as a stuffing in roasts.
Sage is a native of the north Mediterranean, thriving in warm, dry soils. Sage is a hardy, erect perennial herb that grows to about 90cm high (35 inches) with wiry, green and purple-hued stems. Sage leaves are around 8cm long (3.25 inches) and 12mm (0.5 inch) wide. Sage leaves are wide, gray-green, rough and downy on the top of the leaves, while the underside is deeply veined and filigreed. Sage flowers are purple, lipped flowers. Sage is very pungent with a flavour that is herbaceous, savoury and astringent. There are many types of sage but most sage is Salvia officinalis or Salvia triloba, with the latter popular amongst food manufacturers due to its less woody nature; it is best to replant sage every three years as it will become too woody. Sage leaves are best picked before the plants flower, then they should be hung in dark, well-aired store rooms before being rubbed from the stems.
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