Summer Savory

General Description

Summer Savory is an annual herb, Satureja hotenis, belonging to the mint family. Its dark-green, narrow leaves are dried and crushed.

Geographical Sources

United States and Albania.

Traditional Ethnic Uses

Summer Savory enhances almost any savory dish. It goes well with soups, stews, bean dishes of any sort, succotash, cabbage, and sauerkraut.

Taste and Aroma Description

Summer Savory has a clean, piney fragrance and peppery flavor.

History/Region of Origin

Romans used Savory as an herb and seasoning even before they used pepper. They used it as a medicine, a bee sting treatment, and an aphrodisiac. When the Romans brought it to England, it was used as an ingredient in stuffing rather than as an herbal remedy.

Storage Tips

Store in cool, dark, dry places.

A Few Ideas to Get You Started

Spark heavy stews, soups, and chowders with a garnish of Summer Savory. Top chilled, poached fish or chicken with a blend of Summer Savory, chives, lemon juice, and mayonnaise. Crush Summer Savory in your hand or with a mortar and pestle before use to release the flavor.