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How—and When—to Harvest Your Sage Plants

Harvesting sage

You can harvest your sage as you need it, whether that’s a whole stem or one leaf. However, the best time to harvest is before the plant flowers. Afterward, the leaves lose some of their aroma and flavor.

If you would like to dry your sage for future use, cut several stems and hang them upside down out of the sunlight. When dry, strip off the leaves and store in an airtight container. You can also freeze the leaves. Wash them, pat dry, remove the leaves from the stems, and pack them loosely in a freezer bag. They’ll keep for one year. Note: Drying or freezing sage leaves intensifies their flavor—use accordingly!

Even if you don’t plan to use your sage leaves, it’s a good idea to prune the plant each year to reinvigorate the plant and help it keep its shape.

What are your sage-harvesting tips? Do you dry or freeze sage? Please tell us your experiences in the comments below.


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