Many local grocery, New Age, herbal, health food, plant stores and flea markets have sage available to buy in-person. Additionally, Wal-Mart and Whole Foods locations sell sage.
Both Wal-Mart and Whole Foods sell sage in the form of dried smudge sticks, as well as bottled leaves or powder. Whether the sage is dried or fresh depends on the store. To inquire, shoppers can contact their local stores, visit the stores in-person or go to the store's website. Store websites typically contain information on the types of merchandise they sell.
Smudge sticks commonly involve the dried stems and leaves of white or blue sage. People also use sage in cooking. It lends an aromatic fragrance and soft, sweet flavor to savory dishes, such as stews, sauces, stuffing, casseroles and meat. This type of sage is known as garden, regular or common sage. It is grayish green in color and comes in bottles of fresh leaves or ground into powder. However, there are variants that are also known for culinary use: White Dalmatian, Golden Garden, Purple Garden, Tricolor, Berggarten, Dwarf Garden and Cleveland sage.
Garden sage belongs to the genus Salvia and the species Salvia officinalis. It is a perennial, evergreen herb which grows as a bush. Its history includes medicinal, culinary and ornamental uses.