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Can you do anything with sage flowers?

Brian Mar 19, 2003 02:28 PM

My sage plant is flowering. Can I do anything with the flowers? Are they edible? Are there any recipes for them?

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    jen maiser RE: Brian Mar 19, 2003 04:37 PM

    I have never used sage flowers, but looked up some information on the web and in a book that I have called "Growing & Using Sage"

    Sage flowers are definitely edible. In doing a search for "sage flower recipes" on Google, I came up with more references to pineapple sage flowers than anything else, but they are all edible.

    Here are a couple of recipes:

    Sage flower pesto - http://homecooking.about.com/library/...

    Roast pork with sage flower sauce -

    I also saw that you can use pineapple sage flowers (and I assume other types) in a potpourri.

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/...

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      jake pine RE: jen maiser Mar 19, 2003 05:20 PM

      In the summertime, when my herbs are overflowing with deliciousness, they inevitably get flwers because I am not diligent about keeping that from happening. Sage leaves can sometimes be quite bitter, but often just taste like a mellow sage leaf. I often throw the sage flowers, thyme flowers, chive flowers, etc. into salads or if I am cooking something fancy, I use them as a garnish. As a garnish, there is nothing more beautiful and fragrant than fresh herb flowers. They could also garnish a pureed soup very nicely.

      Chive blossems can be cooked in their entirety, but that is a different story.

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        JudiAu RE: jake pine Mar 19, 2003 05:23 PM

        How do you keep flowering herbs from flowering?

        Should you just pinch off the flowers when they form?

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          Dbird RE: JudiAu Mar 19, 2003 08:43 PM

          What do sage flowers taste like? I adore sage.

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            Olympia Jane RE: JudiAu Mar 19, 2003 10:57 PM

            Yes, if you want to keep any plant from flowering, simply pinch off the buds as you see them beginning to form. I always pinch the flower buds off of my summer basil plants, so the fragrant basil leaves will keep coming. I do like sage flowers in green salads,they are very beautiful and fragrant and tasty.

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              JudiAU RE: Olympia Jane Mar 21, 2003 11:18 AM

              Thank you!

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        Ramon RE: Brian Mar 20, 2003 07:50 AM

        Not responding to your question, sorry, but once I had deep fried sage leaves as an antipasto in Friuli. They were just dipped into an egg mixture and fried until crispy and they were addictively good.

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          glwfood RE: Brian Apr 14, 2012 02:18 PM

          Sage Flower Pesto
          2 cups sage flowers
          1/4 cups walnuts, roasted
          1/2 cup walnut oil
          1 clove garlic, peeled
          4 green onion, white part only, coarsely chopped

          Process all ingredients in processor until smooth. Good on pasta or as
          an accompaniment to roast pork or veal.

          From: author unknown

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            shawnee54 RE: glwfood Jun 7, 2014 04:22 PM


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            LeftandRight RE: Brian Jun 7, 2014 09:05 AM

            they are edible but I don't know any recipes all I know is that you can put them on top of cakes for decoration. Hope this helped :)

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