Botanical Name: Satureja hortensis
- English: Summer Savory, Winter Savory
- Also, known as: Bonekruid, Chubritsa, Bonenkruid, Sarriette, Bohnenkraut, Pfefferkraut, Santoreggia, Seibari, Sabori, Segurelha-das-hortas, Ajedrea, Sabroso, Kyndel,
Habitat: Indigenous to southeastern Europe or the Mediterranean region
Parts Used: Leaves
Savory is native to Europe and Asia. The plant grows to a height of about 1 foot, has small aromatic grayish leaves that turn purple (in late summer) and white, pink, or violet flowers. There are thirty species of savory. Summer savory is the fresh or dried stem tips with leaves. They are soft and succulent with a spicy, peppery taste and an aroma reminiscent of thyme and oregano but with a hint of mint.
Savory is indigenous to southeastern Europe (summer savory) or the Mediterranean region, including southern Europe and North Africa (winter savory). Thyme-leaved savory originates from the southeastern parts of Europe specifically Balkans, Crete, and Greece. Savory has a long history of use as medicine and also for its alleged aphrodisiac properties, as the generic name derived from “satyr’s herb” suggests. The leafy stems tips are picked and used fresh, but dried summer savory is commercially available as a spice herb in some countries. Regular harvesting and pruning is beneficial to prevent flowering and prolong the production of new leaves.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
All information on this website is for educational purposes ONLY.
This information has not been evaluated by Health Canada.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.