Herb of the Week – June 9th 2018
For the week of June 9th, we are featuring Pineapple Sage. This fragrant pineapple scented foliage and bright red tubular flowers make an excellent choice for annual gardening and container gardening. The leaves add zest to food and beverages.
Originating from Mexico, growing 12-30 inches tall and 2 feet wide.
Leaf: bright green, in pairs, more pointed than other sages; somewhat soft, fleshy and fuzzy, with pronounced veining underneath. Tinge with red as they mature. Bruising the leaves yields a sweet pineapple fragrance.
Flower: tiny, deep-throated, tubular, two-lipped, scarlet/ruby blossoms on slender green stalks in late summer; tangy, citrus-mint flavor. Loved by hummingbirds and bees.
Seed: tiny, dark brown, ovoid.
Stem: Square, turning woody after the 2nd year.
Denise’s Delicacy (samples on Saturday):