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Savory is the dried leaves of the herb Satureja hortensis. The brownish-green leaves are fragrantly aromatic, resembling thyme. It is commonly called summer or garden savory.


Savory blends well with other herbs. It is used in vegetable, bean and lentil preparations, bouquet garni, egg dishes, stuffings, condiments, in hamburgers, gravy and soup mixes, and in spice blends of the Mediterranean, such as herbes de Provence.


The major producers of savory are France and the Balkan States. The Yugoslavian variety is recognized as the premier grade.


Savory, with its peppery flavor, was known to the Romans before the first lots of true pepper were imported from India. In the first century B.C., Virgil grew savory as ambrosia for his bees, believing that it made their honey taste better. In the Middle Ages, savory was used as a flavoring for cakes, pies and puddings.

satureja hortensis plant



    Flavor & Aroma

    Aromatic, slightly sharp

    Sensory Profile

    As its name suggests, savory has an aromatic, piquant flavor and a fragrant aroma. It is characterized by minty, green and medicinal notes. It is warming to taste.

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      Suzi Day 
      Oct. 29, 2010 11:09 am
      I've always wanted to know about this Herb , But, could'nt get an answer . Thank you for helping to discover this herb.
      M. A. Hi-Z 
      Apr. 22, 2011 5:13 pm
      Thanks for the info. I may substitute savory for thyme for variety.
      Mikel in CA 
      Oct. 21, 2011 12:08 pm
      Thanks for the info. You make my self imposed training easier.
      Aug. 1, 2013 6:57 pm
      Thank you for this info. It's helps me in other ways in cooking.
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