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Nutritious & Delicious Sage

Sage is thought to have its origins in the Mediterranean region and has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and culinary properties. Sage is characterized by its fragrant scent and flat green leaves, although some modern varieties can be found in colors such as rose, purple, and yellow.

Sage has been used as a diuretic and a topical anesthetic. During the Middle Ages, it was a main ingredient in a common potion believed to prevent the plague. Today, researchers are investigating the potential role of sage in treating conditions such as hyperlipidemia and Alzheimer's disease.

Sage is an excellent source of vitamin K. Its delicate flavor is a nice addition to soups and stews and in savory dishes with chicken, fish, eggs, and beans. To store fresh sage, place the leaves in damp paper towels and keep in the refrigerator. Dried sage is also a good option and has a longer shelf life. However, dried sage is more potent and the amount required for a recipe may need to be adjusted. To avoid losing the flavor of sage, it should be added towards the end of the cooking process. Try using sage in your next dinner recipe for a new taste from the old world.

This article was submitted by Gena Seraita RD, CDN, Clinical Dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/The Allen Hospital.


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