How to Harvest & Store Sage

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Sage is a low-lying perennial shrub that is tolerant of cold conditions and best harvested by taking off the sprigs one-at-a-time. Bundle sage and hang it up to dry so that it maintains its aroma with help from an organic farmer in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Did you know that sage is a very old herb? It has often been used throughout history as not as spice so much as a medicine because it is said to have a lot of healing powers and it is said to have a lot of nutrients and things that are really good for us. Hi I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and this is how to harvest and store sage. Sage as you can see is a low lying perennial shrub and it is quite tolerant of cold conditions but it will die back in the Winter and probably come back in the Spring unless you are too far North. The best way to harvest sage is to take off sprigs at a time and you can collect sprigs like this from your sage garden. Sage has an incredible aroma when it is fresh but it is hard to maintain that. One of the most common things that people will do with sage is bundle it like this maybe and then hang it upside down to dry and that works. You can do that in your attic or at a greenhouse or in any dry space preferably with good air circulation. But one of the better things might be to freeze it. It maintains its smells and flavors a lot better when frozen rather than dried and it can also just be incorporated into food that you are going to can or to freeze and it is probably better that way too to cook with it first. Otherwise you can dry it and crush them up when they are all dry. They'll be quite flaky and you can put them in a spice container and use them year round. So I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and that is how to harvest and store sage.