Pineapple are ripe when they are slightly soft to the touch and give off a sweet aroma. To prepare pineapple, cut off top and leaves, then slice skin off. Slice thick pieces from the core or cut horizontally into discs and core
Asparagus is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia. Though widely found growing wild it is has been cultivated as a vegetable crop for centuries.
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Variegated sage is available in the summer months.
There are over 750 known species of sage growing wild and cultivated in temperate and warm climates throughout the world.
Also known as golden leaf sage, Variegated sage is grown for its attractive and aromatic leaves. The green leaves are marbled and blushed with yellow gold highlights. They have an earthy spicy aroma with a more subtle flavor than standard sage. It is a slower growing variety as are most colored varieties of sage, making it's leaves slightly more tender than standard sage.
Variegated sage is often used with either strong, meaty flavors or subtle flavor companions that enhance its distinct, woody characteristics. Pair fresh or dried sage with root vegetables, poultry, fresh herbs, winter squash, mushrooms, cheeses, breads, apples and cured pork. To store, keep cool and dry until ready to use.
Salvia, sage is a small perennial evergreen dwarf shrub. It is a member of the family Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world.