A History of Sage (and onion) through time

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img_0577Common sage specimen, seeds and illustration on a 19th century herbarium sheet from Leo Grindon’s cultivated plant collection. Manchester Museum (source)

A History of Sage (& Onion) through time 

Stuffing is often relegated to the status of ‘trimmings’ at the festive dinner table, but for me it’s a gourmet Christmas star. Whether tumbling out of a turkey, piled on a sandwich or rolled into a ball and smothered in gravy, sage and onion stuffing is the stuff of Christmas present.

But how did this combination of breadcrumbs, sausagemeat (sometimes) and age-old wonder herb become part of the traditional British Christmas dinner? Looking for answers led me on a surprising culinary journey, from Iraq and ancient Rome to an Edwardian butcher’s shop in Eccles.

Hidden Herbs – For some festive fun I’ve hidden the names of another ten herbs and spices below so happy foraging!

A Child’s Christmas Dinners…

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