Sage is native from the salvia plant of the Mediterranean region and has a savory, slightly peppery flavor. It is an essential to many European cuisines, most notably Italian, Balkan and Middle Eastern. In Italian cuisine, it is a fundamental condiment for Saltimbocca and other dishes and is highly enjoyed with fish. In the UK, sage is one of the essential herbs along with parsley, rosemary and thyme. In British and American cooking, sage is added to the stuffing served with the traditional Christmas and Thanksgiving Day turkey. Other popular dishes which include sage are pork casserole, sage derby cheese and lincolnshire sausage.