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Saving Sage Seeds

July 18th, 2012

I have a beautiful culinary sage plant that grows right outside the back door. It thrives in this location, with full sun and elevated dry soil. Since this is it’s second year in the garden, it bloomed beautifully and is HUGE. This plant was started from seed from Renee’s Garden. I decided to save seed from it because it’s such a hardy plant, definitely has genes I’d like to keep going. The hummingbirds and other pollinators LOVE it too!

Since sage is edible, I figured I could use the seeds for sprouting purposes. I’ve never had sage sprouts before, but I’m guessing they’d be wonderful on a turkey sandwich, sprinkled on top of butternut squash soup or a salad. Maybe they’ll be really terrible, but you never know until you try. I’m assuming the sprouts will taste like sage, the seeds certainly smell like it. Maybe they’ll even be great browned in some butter just like sage leaves are.

After the plant bloomed, I waited until the seed pods were brown and dry, then we cut off the flowering stems (you can cut the plant back by about a third or half if you want at this time). The seeds pop right out of the little dried buds.

Mr Chiots and I sat on the back deck one evening enjoying the cool evening while harvesting a good number of seeds. Of course Dexter was at hand to inspect our work and make sure we were doing it right.

I grow tons of herbs in the garden and enjoy them all year long both fresh and dried along with lots of spices purchased from Mt Rose Herbs. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about how spices and herbs and super healthy, many of them containing more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. I’ve always loved spicy food so this makes me very happy. Even though we eat lots of herbs & spices already I’ve been trying to find other ways to add them to our diets. These sage sprouts should add a little healthy goodness!

I also saved tons of ‘Red Russian’ kale seed for the same purpose. When I have more garden space I hope to be able to grow more plants for just for seed. There’s nothing better mid-winter than fresh sprouts, they not only feed our bodies but it’s a great way to get in some gardening in during the long winter!

Do you eat sprouts? Do you grow them yourself?

If you’re interested in reading more about the health benefits of herbs & spices I have purchased a few books and really like them, the first one is my favorite and I’d highly recommend it for health information and because it’s full of fabulous recipes for using spices.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.