General English


  • noun an aromatic herb (Salvia officinalis), the leaves of which are dried and used for flavouring


  • A perennial bush herb, Salvia officinalis, of the mint family which grows worldwide. It has silvery leaves, a highly aromatic flavour and aroma and is used as a flavouring especially in Italian cooking. It goes well with fatty meats and liver and is used to flavour sausages, vinegar, and compound butters. It is also available in a prostrate form, S. officianils ‘Prostratus’, which has a very balsamic flavour.