Sage a mysterious and healthy plant to twist your preparations.

History and use

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The word sage appeared in the 13th century, it came from Latin and means healing. Mediterranean civilization has been using these leaves to cure diseases and to seasoned dishes.

Mexicans are also consuming it often but under another form: it’s seeds. Sage seeds are called Chia seeds, they are mucilaginous and can easily replace eggs to bind any preparation. I will provide more information about them in another article.

Here are few forms to use sage herbs:

  • Infusions

  • Seasoning: Soak the dry leaves in your sauces or filled your meat or fish with it to give a sweet and original perfume

  • Body application: Directly apply the leaf on the skin to reduce any inflammation.

Properties

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  • Antioxidant: Minimize action of harmful free radical.
  • Antiseptic: reduce sore throat.
  • Stimulate hormones level: It has been proven that sage helps to regulate menstruation.
  • Lowering blood glucose and cholesterol
  • Lowering triglyceride level
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Increase brain activity and ease depression
  • Natural antiseptic and preservative
  • Anti-coagulant: Sage contains huge quantity of vitamin K. This vitamin is known to ease the blood flow.
  • Digestive: help the digestion and help to cure diarrhea and stomachache

Sage properties includes many benefits, but taken in high doses and for long periods of time, can lead to certain side effects. So please consume it in a reasonable amount.

Nutrition value

1 Sage portion

Weight/volume

2 teaspoons fresh (minced) = 1 teaspoon dried

Calories

6,0

Protein

0,2 g

Carbohydrates

1,2 g

Lipid

0,3 g

Fiber

0,8 g

Vitamin K

34.3 mcg 43%DV

Source : Canada Health. Canadian File on nutritive elements, 2005 .

4/Recipe ideas

Sage butter sauce: a classic sauce to pour on your pastas, gnocchi and potatoes.

Saltimbocca alla Romana: One of my favorite Italian meat recipe before I became vegetarian. Next week, I will try a Tofu version of saltimbocca alla Romana, fingers crossed.

Sage infusion: A nice herbal tea to help digest your meal. Use dry leaves. Infuse for 5-10 min, 1-3g of dry Sage leaves in 150 ml of warm water. Drink 3 times per day maximum to avoid any side effect.

Sage bread: Add a tasty twist to your homemade bread.

This herb is rarely used in our kitchen, that’s why I wanted to highlight it. It can be such a plus to season your meal and it has so many good properties that it will be a waste to forget it.

So stay tuned, soon there will be new “sage” recipes on frenchfitdiary.wordpress.com

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2 thoughts on “Sage a mysterious and healthy plant to twist your preparations.

  1. ELODIE says:

    Excellente idée de souligner les propriétés de cette superbe plante, très abordable, excellente propriétés nutritionnelles et qui donne une touche de saveurs à vos plats donc à vos fourneaux les amis !!! Que demander de mieux ^^
    Et j’aimerai bien tester ta recette avec le tofu, si possible =) en ce moment ça pourrait que me faire du bien … ^^ sinon en parallèle je me ferai une petite infusion 😉

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