People have used savory for over 2000 years. Known as the ‘herb of love’ it has medical properties and was once popular in love potions. Native to the eastern Mediterranean, savory is grown for its pleasing aromas, and its hot, peppery flavour. In this article, we will share how to grow savory, the nutrients, and the health benefits that can be gained from adding this delicious herb to your diet.
There are two main varieties of savory, summer savory and winter savory. Summer savory is a bushy, half-hardy annual, while winter savory is a semi-evergreen and its leaves can be harvested all year round. Both summer and winter savory share a peppery flavour, but summer savory is a little milder. ‘Satureja hortensis’- summer savory, ‘Purple mountain’- winter savory, and ‘Satureja Montana’.
How To Grow Savory
Sow winter and summer savory seeds outdoors in late spring, or indoors in early spring. Grow savory containers/pots in full sun. Sow seeds around 1cm deep in separate containers/pots, or 12 inches apart if growing in the ground. Savory prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost, or manure. Water regularly, especially in dry spells until established, once established it can tolerate a bit of dry soil.
When roots start to come out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the containers/pots transplant your savory in slightly bigger containers/pots. Alternatively, if you want to grow your savory outdoors you can also dig a hole big enough for the roots, place your plant inside and fill the rest of the hole with compost or manure. Fertiliser is generally not needed, but if you want slightly better results, feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Savory contains many beneficial nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and B-6, potassium, zinc, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, fiber, and manganese. In addition, savory may help with sore throats, coughs, cramps, diarrhea, gas, nausea, and high blood pressure.
Add savory to your diet by rubbing winter/summer savory into your meat like chicken, turkey, and other poultry. Add savory to olive oil, and vegetables to add extra flavours.