sage (Salvia officinalis)

  • "To be "sage" means to be wise, this term comes from the belief that sage was thought to impart wisdom and improve memory.
  • Salvia officinalis is the traditional culinary version of this herb. It's a hardy plant with it's soft green leaves. There are also many other equally useful culinary varieties, including one with nearly purple leaves.
  • Anybody into flower gardening will also be aware of the huge varieties of ornamental salvia which are closely related. Stick to the culinary varieties for raw food recipe purposes.
  • Sage is a hardy perennial and grows easily in the UK. You can start with seeds or cuttings.


  • Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb. Ancient Egyptians used it as a fertility drug (Bown, 1995).