100 Foods: Sage

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Sage

Sage is actually one of the first plants we planted when we moved into our home, not due to it’s position of favor in our spice rack, but due to a distressed plant sale at Lowe’s. I purchased two seemingly dying sage plants for $1 a piece and put them in our garden. I had blooms somehow in the middle of winter. They are very happy plants and have been trimmed back many times for replenishing our stash.

Sage is a Mediterranean evergreen shrub. We use it most on baked chicken or turkey, but it is used in many different European cuisines.

Potential Benefits: Antibiotic and antifungal properties, astringent and can be effective in the management of mild Alzeimers.

The pretty red flowers we get are just a plus side. The… my yard smells like stuffing when it’s hot outside… not so much an upside…

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