Sicilian sage - "The aromatic ones par excellence"
Short description: The name sage derives from the Latin salvus (safe - healthy) and refers to the healing properties of this plant already known since ancient times. Much appreciated as a condiment together with butter in filled fresh pasta (gnocchi, ravioli or tortelli), it is also excellent as an addition to meat dishes, legumes, soups, vegetables and cheeses.
Storage: Store in a cool and dry place away from sources of light and heat.
Expiry 24 months from packaging.
Multi-year evergreen species with bushy habit; it has a branched stem up to 2 m high with quadrangular section branches, finely toothed opposite leaves covered with hair. The flowers are blue or violet and appear around June - July.
The harvest takes place from April to July and for almost the whole year. The leaves are dried in the shade, in warm, dry and well-ventilated rooms or in a drying room in order to keep the aroma unaltered and thus prolong their conservation.
As for the medicinal properties, it has balsamic, expectorant, digestive, antibacterial and antifungal properties; gives good results in the fight against water retention, migraines, gingivitis, abscesses and rheumatism.
Cultivation takes place according to the principles of a sustainable and environmentally friendly form of agriculture through the use of organic fertilizers and the absence of synthetic chemicals. All stages are carried out by hand, from transplanting, to the elimination of weeds, up to harvesting, drying and packaging, thus imparting a strongly territorial connotation to the product itself.
The company is based in the heart of eastern Sicily and precisely in Pedara, a small village located on the slopes of Etna, at a height of about 610 m asl. The surrounding territorial context is rich in history and rural traditions handed down from father to son generation after generation. Green hills, farms, noble villas and terraces surround a landscape that in the eyes of travelers appears to be out of time and space.
Etna in the background asserts itself to be overbearing and majestic but at the same time affectionate and caring mother. The climate found in the Etna area, characterized by mild and moderately rainy winters and hot and sunny summers, combined with a sandy soil, light and rich in microelements, deriving from lava flows whose origin is lost in the mists of time, make this an enchanting place , particularly suited and suitable for hosting a great variety of typical local crops.
Among them, aromatic herbs certainly stand out, which thanks to the pedoclimatic factors described above, are able to release particularly fragrant and intense smells, flavors, tastes and aromas, unique of their kind compared to other places.