Savory from Albenga: an easily grown and truly versatile herb with a multitude of uses in the kitchen.
Highly appreciated since ancient times, Savory has a spicy flavour that adds character to dishes and guarantees its role in the beautifully scented Mediterranean herb mixes.
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Used since antiquity, Savory is an easily cultivated herb that is highly appreciated in the kitchen.
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Savory is an herb from the Lamiaceae family and can be found throughout the entire Mediterranean basin and in areas with hot-temperate climates.
Savory has aromatic and medicinal properties and was once considered an aphrodisiac.
In fact, in ancient times it was forbidden to grow Savory in monastery vegetable gardens as, because of its aphrodisiac properties, it was considered a potential cause of the re-awakening of certain senses and was considered a powerful love herb.
Savory: growing tips
Cultivating Savory is incredibly easy, both in open ground and in pots.
This is a rustic herb that tolerates the cold without problems as long as it is placed in a sunny position.
Savory can easily survive periods of dryness; it requires watering only in complete absence of rain and should never be left in excessive pools of water.
In particularly cold areas it is a good idea to protect Savory with mulch to avoid frozen soil near to the plant’s roots.
Dry twigs should be removed leaving the plant clean and vital.
Pruning at the end of the winter is a good way of allowing the plant to restart with fresh growth. Cutting the stalks in the summer will stimulate the plant and help increase the harvest.
Savory: culinary use
The leaves have a definite, intense spicy flavour that explains it also being known as pepper herb or anchovy herb.
Savory combines well with a variety of meat, fish, vegetable and pulse based dishes.
Although it is used alone, it is more commonly used in Mediterranean herb mixes together with basil, marjoram, thyme, sage, rosemary and many other herbs.
Savory is similar to thyme and sage and as the perfect companion to oven-roasted or grilled fish and meat dishes, in marinades, in stews and casseroles.
This herb provides an exceptional way of adding flavour to pulses, simply dressed with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
Savory, either alone or combined with other herbs, is widely appreciated with vegetables, in omelettes, salads, dishes of oven roasted greens, savoury flans and preserves.
Savory: interesting facts
As it is highly attractive to certain kinds of insects, especially moths, Savory can be useful when planted close to fruiting plants that require pollinators, such as marrows and courgettes.
Furthermore, Savory is an aphid repellent and as such, can be very useful when planted near to vegetables such as beans and runner beans.