Herb Taste Food Pairing Herb & Spice Pairing Tips Basil Sweet, spicy aroma apricots, bell peppers (red), broccoli, blueberries, carrots, corn, peaches, peas, potatoes, rice, tomatoes, white beans, zucchini chives, cilantro, garlic, oregano, mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme Avoid leaves that are drooping or blackened.
When I was reading we ran into the question “What are herbs and spices and why are they important?”.
One source stated Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor, color, and fragrance to dishes without adding extra fat, sugar, or salt. They also provide powerful antioxidants, and have a range of other health benefits! Herbs, like parsley, sage, rosemary, basil, thyme, and dill, are leaves and can be used fresh or dried.
Where does sage spice come from?
Sage is an herb from the mint family that has a sweet, yet savory flavor. Sage’s botanical name comes from the Latin word “salvere,” meaning “to be saved.”.
Some think that sage Characteristics: Its taste ranges from mild to slightly peppery with some touches of mint.
Here is what my research found. sage appears in the 14th and 15th centuries in a “Cold Sage Sauce”, known in French, English and Lombard cuisine, probably traceable to its appearance in Le Viandier de Taillevent. It appears in many European cuisines, notably Italian, Balkan and Middle Eastern cookery.
Some sources claimed sage is an evergreen shrub with dusty gray-green leaves and woody stems. Sage is prized as a seasoning for its strong aroma and earthy flavor.
What is the difference between sage and sagebrush?
In this case sage, or Salvia, is an herb used as a spice and for its medicinal properties, and it’s a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae, to botanists). But sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata, is in another family altogether, the sunflower family (Asteraceae).
You may be asking “Does sage come from sagebrush?”
One idea is that in the US, sage is also the name of a group of native plants, also called sagebrushes or sageworts. These are plants in the genus Artemisia, a large genus in the daisy and ragweed family, Asteraceae (also called Compositae).
This is what our research found. the vernacular name “sagebrush” is also used for several related members of the genus Artemisia, such as California sagebrush ( Artemisia californica ). Big Sagebrush and other Artemisia shrubs are the dominant plant species across large portions of the Great Basin.
This ‘sage’ was the sagebrush, genus Artemisia, that at one time blanketed the Western US covering perhaps as much as 240 million acres, in 16 states and 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 20 varieties of sagebrush growing from sea level to 12,000 feet. The sagebrush ecosystem is home to unique plant and wildlife species.
What is the history of Sage?
Sage has a very long history and has been used since ancient times for several purposes, from warding off evil to boosting female fertility. It originated in the Mediterranean and was noted as being one of the most important herbs of that time period.