[Sca-cooks] Clary Sage Flowers - Source

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Tue Oct 21 21:45:16 PDT 2008

Adamantius said:

<<< It occurred to me afterward to look for instances of clary sage  
added to wine, and I didn't find them. Ale, yes, and other types of
sage as well as clary sage used in beers and ales, but nothing about
wine in what I saw... >>>

I was going to ask if this clary sage was an old or new world plant,  
but since the Florilegium is back up, I did a search and found a  
number of references, but none to clary sage in wine.

As to sources, this was in the seeds-msg file:

Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:33:13 EST
From: LrdRas <LrdRas  at aol.com>
Subject: SC - clary sage-source

Here is a source for clary sage seeds/plants. I have not dealt with this
company so I do not know anything about them. You will notice an 800  
for customer service so you can call and ask questions about pricing,  

HC 33 BOX 2057
BOISE, ID 83706

Orders: 1-800-528-3658
Customer Service: 1-800-742-1423
Fax: 1-208-338-5658


This is found in the cook-flowers-msg file:

Scully says Clary is Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) which "has tall
flowering spikes and a taste reminiscent of grapefruit." He also goes on
to say that the Liber de coquina has another version of the recipe that
"offers a broad choice in the matter of flavoring by specifying
elderflowers or any other flower."

Since elderflowers were/are used to make or flavor wine, perhaps  
Clary Sage was/is as well?

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas           
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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