Salvia triloba L.
Bursting with blue and purple flowers, Sage is an herb that’s native to Greece and the Mediterranean. Being a vigorous plant, it has naturalized in many parts of the globe. However, the sweet soil and rich heritage of Ancient Olympia, add a unique flavor to FYSIS organic Sage.
Organic Sage is known worldwide since ancient times. The French call it as “Greek tea” while in China it is referred as Greek sprout. Used as a stimulant for both mind and body, Ancient Greeks eagerly consumed it in its various forms. As a beverage it was often served to men returning from war to encourage fertility. In Ancient Europe it was also used to increase women’s fertility.
Romans favored the herb as one of the most sacred plants available. They believed it warded off death. In different areas and times it had been used to enhance the senses and improve memory.
Cultivation of Organic Sage
Hardy, Sage adores rocky soils and bright sunny weather, therefore the meadows of Ancient Olympia make a perfect home for it. From these meadows FYSIS sources its organic Sage. Collected in the traditional way, by hand, our Sage is never touched by any machinery that may bruise or damage its leaves. We strive to preserve every leaf in its original form at picking time. Thus we ensure that you receive a product containing all of its precious flavors which are reminiscent of Ancient Olympia.
We continue the care of each tender leaf through the entire drying process. Certified Organic, you can rest assured that you will not encounter any harmful chemicals in any part of the process, from the planting of the Sage to the final packaging of the herb.
Organic Sage in Cuisine
Quite spicy, Sage is used to flavor fatty meats, rabbit, pasta (it matches ideally with tortellini), and as a flavoring for vinegars. It tends to be used alone in cooking. However, it blends well with Bay Laurel, Rosemary, Thyme, and Oregano.
In British and American cuisine, Sage is often included in the stuffing of roast turkey or chicken dinners that are highly popular during the holiday breaks. Sage is considered to be one of the essential herbs.
Organic Sage: “The Greek Tea”
Sage, although popular for its use in cooking, is mostly famous for its consumption as a beverage. Usually it is served after dinner. To experience the original flavour of Organic Sage tea, don’t forget to choose mineral instead of tap water.
Heat up a cup of water, until it boils. After removing it from heat, add 4 leaves of Sage and let it rest for about 7-10 minutes. Remove the leaves, serve in a cup, and enjoy! Optionally, you can add honey, stevia or sugar.
Fatty meats – Rabbit – Pasta (mainly tortellini) – For flavoring vinegar – As hot beverage
Bay Laurel – Oregano – Rosemary – Thyme
In cooking (During cooking) : Avoid mixing with other herbs as it tends to spoil their taste and flavor. As beverage: Similar to tea, 3-4 leaves of sage are added to boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes. Optionally, you can add honey, stevia or sugar.