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Savory, Summer

Labiatae, Lamiaceae Satureja hortensis L.

Savory, Winter

S. montana L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Savories are plants of the mint family, native in the Mediterranean area. Summer savory is an annual, pubescent herb about 6 inches high, with oblong-linear leaves. Winter savory is perennial, 6 to 12 inches high, less pubescent than summer savory. Both kinds are sometimes used as pot herbs, but now are more commonly used as spices or condiments to flavor meat dishes, sauces, stews, etc. For this purpose, summer savory is more used than winter. Commercial production in the U.S. is slight.

Last update June 28, 1996 bha