Certified Farmers’ Markets Fresh Pick of the Week: Sage!
Sage is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market (all locations). Just in time for holiday cooking, Sage serves as the central herbal ingredient for many holiday favorites, from the main dish to a variety of side dishes. The Sage you’ll find at the market is all locally grown, and pesticide free. Most of it is also organic. Buy it fresh-cut, dried, or even growing in containers, from several farms.
Sage is a perennial evergreen shrub, with woody stems, white to grayish leaves (sometimes variegated), and blue to purplish flowers. The leaves of the plant, also referred to as Sage, are cut and used for a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. Sage is native throughout the Mediterranean, but has been naturalized in many places throughout the world. It is also grown as an ornamental garden plant.
Did you know: Although it is primarily used for culinary purposes nowadays, Sage was highly prized in the Middle Ages for a variety of medicinal purposes. Don’t be quick to judge, though. Modern research has shown that our medieval counterparts may have had more on the ball than you might have expected, when it came to using Sage. Scientists studying Sage, have found that it can be effective as as an anti sweating agent, antibiotic, antifungal, astringent, antispasmodic, estrogenic, hypoglycemic, and tonic. Moreover, in recent medical trials, Sage was shown to be effective in the management of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
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