Background for Pineapple Sage
A native of central Mexico, and used in traditional Mexican medicine to lower blood pressure and sooth anxiety. Pineapple sage is a member of the mint family, Labiatae, although it does not smell like mint, and it is not related to pineapple, although has a distinctive scent of pineapple.
Use for Pineapple Sage
Pineapple Sage makes a wonderful tea with a soft pineapple flavour. It can also be included in cooking and is good with chicken.
Use both the leaves and flowers as a garnish, both can be eaten.
Add a handful of leaves to jam or jellies.
Add to fruit smoothies.
Mix with cream cheese and serve with crackers.
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Few studies have been done on medicinal uses, but preliminary studies on mice have shown the plant to contain antidepressant properties. It is occasionally used by herbalists to sooth digestive disorders and relieve heartburn.
Growing Pineapple Sage
A tender perennial, Pineapple Sage grows extremely fast to about 1.5m. It is perfect to tuck in next to another tall plant, especially if you get heavy frosts as this will protect it from the worst, and let it have the ability to sprawl and display it's flowers through the autumn. It can flower right through winter if not checked by frosts. Can be cut back hard and comes away again from the big mass of the central root ball. It grows with many long branches and can be straggly if not trimmed. Will tend to wander but is not invasive and can easily be trimmed back from the roots.
Trim the tops to make it bush out more.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.