Summer savory herb, Satureja hortensis is the annual twin of Satureja montana,the perennial winter savory herb.
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Summer and winter savory have aromatic gray-green leaves and bear loose spikes of pink, white, or lavender blossoms in the summer.
Summer or garden savory is bushy, growing 18 inches high and wide.
Growing Savory Satureja hortensis
Herbs: Summer Savory
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Start garden savory plants from seed. Sow the seeds in site after the last frost as this is an herb which does not like to be transplanted.
Do not bury the seed as it needs light to germinate. Expect to see sprouts in 2 weeks.
The best place to plant summer savory is in sandy soil in full sun. It will not tolerate shade or wet feet but don’t ever let the soil dry completely. Use an organic fertilizer at planting time but do not add organic matter to the soil. This is the only feeding required.
Because S. hortensis is harvested by cutting the entire plant back just prior to bloom, you may want to make successive sowings in order to have plants maturing throughout the growing season.
What is garden savory used for?
Garden savory has a mild peppery flavor. Fresh or crushed dried savory can be used to flavor meat or beans. When added to the cooking water of strong-smelling vegetables like cabbage, it will deodorize them.
Add summer savory to a pot of beans to make them less gassy.
Satureja hortensis L the Herbal Remedy
This is the ultimate digestive herb. It is an herbal remedy for colic, nausea, diarrhea, and flatulence.
The essential oil is used in scalp preparations to treat baldness and in balms for arthritic joints.
A sprig of the fresh herb rubbed onto a bee sting is said to relieve the pain.
Summer and winter savory share the same medicinal properties, but winter savory herb is the more strongly medicinal of the pair.
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