Slender and irregularly shaped, parsley root is often double-rooted and resembles a small parsnip. Attached to feathery large parsley leaves, the flavor is somewhere between a carrot and celeriac.
The Purple mangosteen, botanical name Garcinia magostana, simply referred to as mangosteen, is an ultra-tropical slow growing evergreen tree that is cultivated for its edible fruit.
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Pineapple sage is true to its name as its aromatics and flavors are a ubiquitous reflection of both the aroma of pineapple and the intense savories of sage. It is grown for its attractive appearance as much as its aromatics. It has bright green foliage which produces vivid red tubular flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Pineapple sage is available during the summer months.
Pineapple sage's most optimal use in cooking is as a fresh herb. They are best used fresh since they lose flavor if cooked at high temperatures. They are ideal for cold soups, teas and other fruit beverages.
Pineapple sage is extensively used in Mexican traditional medicine, especially for the treatment of anxiety. Salvia, Sage is derived from the Latin salvere ("to save"), referring to the healing properties long attributed to the various Salvia species. It has been recommended at one time or another for virtually every ailment by various herbalists.
Pineapple sage grows naturally in oak and pine scrub forests at elevations from 8,000-10,000 feet in Mexico and Guatemala.