Sage Leaf, Rubbed
Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis
Sage leaf is from a plant native to the Mediterranean, where it has long been used as a cooking herb as well as for therapeutic purposes. A member of the mint family, sage spice adds a pepper-like flavor to many savory dishes. Organic sage is used in the finest German and English sausages, and rubbed sage is a common flavoring for rich, fatty meats such as pork and lamb. In France, it is used for lighter meats, poultry and fish, while Italian cooks sauté it in olive oil and combine it with cheese to create the stuffing for a pasta dish known as buro e salvia. The term salvia is the scientific name for sage leaf.