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Summer Savory – Satureja hortensis
FULL SUN Native to the Mediterranean region, Summer Savory has been an important culinary herb for the cultures of the Western Hemisphere for thousands of years. It was brought to the US with the earliest colonists in the 1600s. The leaves of the 12-18 in. plants add a peppery thyme flavor to most foods and enhance the taste greatly. Plant as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring and the danger of frost has passed. Rows should be 12 in. apart.
When seedlings are 2 in. high, thin, leaving 10 in. between plants.
|Type||Spacing||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Maturity|
|Annual||10 in.||1/2 in.||7-10||75|
There are 2 savories. Winter Savory is a perennial, woody, low growing shrub. Summer Savory is a bushy, taller plant. In all other aspects, the two Savories are nearly identical. Harvesting History sells Summer Savory. The Savories were the primary culinary herbs in Europe until world exploration and trade brought tropical spices. Savory could be described as the “Universal Herb”. The plant’s flavor enhances many different foods including shell beans, lentils, snap beans, rutabagas, peas, asparagus, parsnips, salsify, Brussel sprouts and eggplants. The Romans used it to make exotic vinegars. The Italians and Saxons used the herb extensively.
Summer Savory is a great pollinator plant. The poet, Virgil, recommended planting Savory near beehives. It is attractive to bees and the resulting honey has a lovely flavor. Butterflies and other beneficial insects are attracted to Summer Savory as well.
Summer Savory is also an excellent companion plant. It enhances the growth of nearly every vegetable and/or herb when planted next to them. It is not detrimental to any flower, vegetable or herb. With its ability to enhance the flavor of many vegetables, to attract beneficial pollinating insects and to act as a nourishing companion plant, Savory truly is a “Universal Herb”.
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