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Summer Savory
Summer Savory
Summer Savory
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Summer Savory
Satureja hortensis

'Sumner Savory', also known simply as 'Savory', is an annual plant that is native to the Mediterranean region but is now cultivated worldwide as a kitchen herb.  Used as a peppery flavoring for salads, soups, stuffing, sausage, and gravy.

The plants are fairly compact reaching twelve to eighteen inches in height with slender, bronze-green leaves.  The pink or white flowers bloom from July to September in the northern hemisphere.  Since they tend to repel insects in the gardens, they make a good candidate as part of your companion planting plan.

In early spring, surface sow the seeds into pots or onto a finely worked seedbed.  The seeds require light to germinate and are very slow to sprout. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 seeds.

Medicinal Herbs Savory's medicinal properties are described as being astringent, carminative, expectorant, stimulant, and stomachic.

A tea can be made using two to four teaspoons of dried herb, steeped in one cup of water.  Dose is one cup per day taken throughout the day one mouthful at a time.  The tea is used for stomach and intestinal issues that include indigestion, cramps, and nausea. It also can be used to stimulate the appetite and as a gargle for sore throats.

Informational References:
  1. "The Herb Book," John Lust, ND, 1974, p. 348.
  2. "A Modern Herbal," Mrs. M. Grieve, 1931, p. 718-719.
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Good plant overall
I use savory in everything: eggs, soup, steamed veggies, roasts, meatballs, whatever. I am very fortunate that it grows well in my garden. I just toss the seeds out and stand back. Once they germinate, they grow like little rockets. The flavor doesn't seem to diminish after flowering as far as I can tell, so I tend to let it set seed, then pull it and dry it. The dried leaves tend to take on a green tea aroma and they store very well. Their life cycle is quite short, so this is a good candidate for succession planting. They grow tall, but not very wide, so you can cram quite a few in a small space.
Reviewed by: Paula Beach from Michigan. on 1/13/2016
Beautiful plant
Beautiful, slender plant that has survived a very hot, dry summer. Tiny, beautiful flowers.
Reviewed by: Valerie Whitman from 38134. on 7/31/2012
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