Rubbed sage gets its name from the process that creates it. To get to the desired effect, the leaves of the plant must be rubbed between two objects, often simply someone's hands, to separate them from the stems. The result is a fluffy, almost cotton-like substance that has a powerful flavor and a very fragrant aroma.
Sage is wildly popular in Greek and European food, but especially in Italian, English and German cuisines. In Britain, it is considered an essential ingredient to have in your kitchen, along with parsley, rosemary and thyme.
Rubbed dried sage.