What Is a Summer Savory Herb?

Overview

Summer Savory is a species of savory known for its particularly delicate flavor. It's frequently used for culinary purposes and has some medicinal uses. Its most common application is as a tea to treat stomach problems.

Savory is a common herb in the Mediterranean. image by Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Wolfgang Staudt

Appearance

Summer savory's leaves are slender and paler than other species, growing on a reddish-brown square stem reminiscent of the mint family. In the late summer, this species produces small, white, rose-like flowers.

Growing

An excellent indoor plant, summer savory likes rich soil that isn't dense. It requires adequate moisture, full sun and takes to growing on window sills easily.

Flavor

Summer savor has a more delicate flavor than other species of savory. It tastes like a mix of thyme and mint. It also is a highly aromatic herb that takes well to vinegar and oil; summer savory oil was used liberally as a flavoring for food.

Culinary Uses

The tender leaves can be used in fresh salads. It's frequently dried and ground, then added to several mixes such as Herbs de Provence. A few leaves can also be added to white wine for a more refreshing flavor.

Medicinal Uses

Summer savory is often used in teas to manage colic, indigestion and stomach upsets. It can calm sore throats. Summer savory is also said to enhance the sex drive.

References

  • Savory
  • Medicinal Uses of Savory
  • HerbNet
Keywords: savory, Satureja, flavoring, Greek herbs

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Anna Winden began writing professionally in 2009. Before Demand Studios, she wrote veterinarian articles for VetInfo.com. Along with veterinary subjects, her main expertise lies in homeopathic or alternative medicine. Much of her non-writing work revolves around these fields. Currently, she has plans to attend the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore.