WHAT IS IT?
Essential oils, the culinary essence of any spice, are stronger, and richer, in Dalmatian sage. That is why it is considered the top of the sage variants. It brings a bit more of its savory flavor enhancement to your recipe than other kinds of the herb.
Usually sage is a role player in cuisines. That enhanced flavor of Dalmatian pulls back the red ropes of the VIP door of a special “club,” ushering your dishes to a perfect place where the herbal aromatics blend different savory flavor profiles like onion, carrot, or celery, into a bigger, happier aromatic crescendo at the end of each bite.
Expensive, and totally worth it.
Dalmatian sage is very aromatic, smoother, and more mellow due to a few differing essential oil compounds of this particular sub-species. It has a dusky flavor that accentuates basic culinary savory vegetables like onion, and garlic, and pops contrast flavors like celery, and bell pepper too. It has less of the camphor flavor that other sage varietals possess.
Even though “Dalmatian” sage boasts a Croat cognomen, Dalmatia, it is a plant with about three wild sub-groups, native to a range of coastal regions that starts in the North at the Western Balkan Peninsula, across the Apennine Peninsula, down to Italy. Commercially, today, it is grown throughout Southern and South-Central Europe, and in other parts of the world. One sub-group makes up all of the commercial seed/plant production.
Dalmatian sage from our recommended supplier comes from Albania.
- Turkey and its stuffing (dressing) recipes;
- Roasted root vegetables;
- Wild boar sausage;
- Squash ravioli.
A FEW IMPROVISATIONAL RIFFS:
- Sage tzatziki for ground chicken & preserved lemon kebabs;
- Vegan meetloaf with five mushrooms;
- Stir-fry shrimp and poblano peppers in sage-ghee over saifun;
- Dalmatian Gaucho Stew – Chunks of beef, garlic chive, giant corn, white grits and vegetables.
Dalmatian sage’s “roots” trace back at least 20,000 years ago. It was one of the hearty plants to survive the last glacial period that descended upon Europe. It grows natively in arid rocky coastal soils. The herb has been used by the peoples of Europe for millennia as an aromatic for both cooking, and as a decorative, making living spaces smell better.
- Kitchen sage
- Culinary sage
- Garden Sage
- Red Sage
- Salvia Officinalis
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