Sage, Extrakta (Organic)
Salvia officinalis. Perennial in zones 5-9.
This improved strain of common/garden sage has a high essential oil content making it excellent for culinary and medicinal use. Fast and easy to grow from seed. We especially love to fry up fresh leaves until they’re crispy and serve them with pork chops. We also use Extrakta Sage leaves to flavor beans, pasta sauce, and turkey stuffing. Both silver-green foliage and dark purple flowers are edible, and leaves retain their flavor when dried. Can be used in aromatherapy and herbal smoking blends. Highly aromatic, deer resistant, and drought tolerant. Flowers also attract pollinators. Native to the Mediterranean region with documented medicinal uses going back to ancient Greece.
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplant to garden after danger of frost has passed, to 12″ spacing in all directions. May also be direct sown as soon as soil an be worked. Plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Suitable for container gardening.
Collect seeds from seed heads when seeds are dry. Thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container.