Sage and rosemary are key aromatic herbs that make meats, potatoes, sautéed vegetables, chickpeas and beans irresistible. Romans considered sage to be sacred as it symbolized the plant of life, and has an enjoyable yet bold flavour that makes a dish appetizing on its own. Rosemary possesses natural properties that help digestion and stimulates relaxation. So next time you take a bath, toss a handful of rosemary branches into the water and you’ll achieve total bliss! Take note: traditional wisdom suggests these herbs not be mixed with other aromatic herbs like parsley, for example.
As far as tarragon is concerned, the Sienese believe that this herb was imported into Tuscany for the first time in 774 by Charlemagne. It’s said that the very first tarragon sauce was his creation, made of tarragon leaves mixed with garlic and paired with bread dipped in vinegar, oil and salt. This goes to show how aromatic herbs in Tuscany serve a dual purpose: not only do they add flavour and zest to dishes, but they also act as nature’s remedy to alleviate health problems in a holistic way.