Sage grown in your herb garden has history as a medicinal herb and a popular culinary herb.

Garden Sage
Garden Sage - Salvia officinalis; primarily a culinary herb, some medicinal value.
Purple Sage - Salvia officinalis "Purpurea"; another variable of garden sage.
Greek Sage - Salvia fruticosa; European species
White Sage - Salvia apiana

The botanical name of Sage, salvia, shows its Latin root with Salvare, which means to save. This is reflected in sage’s popularity for centuries as having healing powers. The ancients associated sage with immortality and longevity. In fact, sage was even believed to increase mental capacity.

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Sage, when used in your kitchen, as a culinary herb, is widely used with pork and poultry.

Bread Stuffing Recipe with Sage and Thyme!

This is the Sage Stuffing Recipe which I make for our family Thanksgiving Dinner each year; there is never any leftover!

  1. Dry bread by cutting 1/2-inch slices, laying them in a single layer on baking sheets or cooling racks, and leaving them out overnight. The next day, cut the slices into 1/2-inch cubes and allow them to dry for another night.

  2. The stuffing can be cooked inside the holiday bird if you prefer; just reduce stock to 1 cup. Stuff a 12- to 15-pound turkey with 6 cups of stuffing. Then add an additional 1/2 cup of chicken stock to the remaining stuffing and bake it separately in an 8-inch pan.

  3. Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat until fully melted; pour off 2 tablespoons butter and reserve. Return skillet to heat; add onion and celery and sauté, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in sage, thyme, marjoram, parsley, and black pepper and cook until just fragrant, about 1 minute longer.

  4. Pour onion mixture into large mixing bowl. Add bread cubes, stock, eggs, and salt and toss gently to distribute dry and wet ingredients. Pour mixture into buttered 13-x 9-inch baking dish, drizzle with reserved melted butter, cover tightly with foil, and bake until fragrant, about 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until golden brown crust forms on top, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Serve warm.