Sage, common name for a aromatic perennial
herb native to the Mediterranean region, where dishes spiced
with sage are found from Spain to Greece.
The country which uses sage most is Italy with
Italians most commonly using sage to flavor meat and poultry dishes.
The bushes grow about 2 feet (60 cm) tall and have rough or wrinkled and
downy, grey-green or whitish green oval leaves, and flowers are colored
according to the variety: purple, pink, white, or red.
Sage resembles rosemary and has a similar fragrance. It is a very
powerful spice with a slightly bitter taste. It is sometimes combined
with garlic and pepper for barbecued or fried meat.