There’s nothing better to use for food flavoring than a splendid traditional herb like savory! This indeed is one of the most famous seasonings all around the world (especially in Europe) due to its bold, dense, and a bit spicy flavor that can hardly be confounded with another spice, a flavor that has turned savory into one of our most favorite herbs and spices to use in the universe of culinary. If you too value this herb and truly want to use its highest quality form that’s pure and free of pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs, Starwest Botanicals can offer you this organic savory herb that belongs to the summer savory variety.
Savory, a.k.a savoury are herbs of the genus Satureja. The highly aromatic plants have a form of a compact bush with hairy and bushy stems. Satureja divide into: summer savory and winter savory. Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) is the more common type used for culinary purposes. Winter savory (Satureja montana) is less popular, but it’s also used for food flavoring.
Being around for more than 2000 years, savory is a distinguishing herb used since the time of the Saxons. It has become so prominent, that today besides for the spice itself, savory has become a denotation word for all sorts of flavorful and tasty foods, different from sweet.
Savory is considered to be an effective natural aphrodisiac. The Latin name Satureja is a derivative of the word “satyr” – the half-goat, half-man with unquenchable sexual crave. According to the legends, satyrs lived in savory meadows, that’s why it was believed that the herb was the source of their strong passion. This perception of savory continued through the years, and even the respected French herbalist Messeque said that savory was an important ingredient in his famous love potions that he used to make for couples. Summer savory herb was believed to increase the sex drive in people, while winter savory was said to decrease it. Therefore, there was another reason for summer savory to become the more preferred of the two.
In the era of Caesar, history notes that the Romans introduced the herb to England where it rapidly became appraised for its culinary and medicinal properties. According to sources, it wasn’t actually cultivated before the 9th century. In fact, the Italians may have been the first people to start growing it specifically with culinary motives in mind. They established that this amazing herb is a great companion to lentils, beans, sauces, meats and a lot more.
In California, the city of San Francisco used to bear the old name Yerba Buena many years ago. The translation of this means “good herb” and not that many people are aware that the designation is entitled to a variety of savory called Satureja douglasii. This perennial creeping herb is native to the Pacific coast in places with rich, moist soil. The early people who used to live in those parts, had learned to dry the plant and use it in an infusion form to cure different diseases, hence the nickname “good herb”.
Culinary use of summer savory
Besides for tomato sauces, milky sauces and dips, meat, legume and lentil dishes, the organic savory leaf fits perfectly to egg dishes, like omelets, scrambled eggs, casseroles and frittatas. The heavy robust flavor of savory can be a game changer when it comes to cooking soups and stews too. Using savory as a garnish for baked goods like breadcrumbs, crackers and chips is also an impeccable choice when you want to put some tasty and slightly pungent flavor to those foods. Some green vegetables are also perfectly complemented by the herb, therefore veggie hotchpotches can become really exquisite when they contain savory. The ancient Romans used to bottle savory in vinegar to preserve the fresh, deep, summery flavor, and thus using the concoction to flavor their dishes. This method is popular even nowadays. When dried, chopped/ground, savory is often included in many spice blends like Herbes de Provence that definitely brings out the best in pizza sauces and toppings, stews, fish, and roasted meat.
Health benefits of savory
We already mentioned that the savory herb has been used in traditional medicine for many, many years, especially to increase the libido naturally. Today it’s also known to have the reputation of an effective antiseptic and a good tonic to the digestive system. It’s effective in cases of hindered digestion and flatulence, which is another reason why it’s often paired with beans and lentils. The gastrointestinal improving quality of savory is perhaps the most notable modern medicinal use of the plant. Some people throw savory branches into their fireplace. The aromatic fumes of their pungent oils are said to fumigate the air. Because of its disinfecting essential oils, savory has found its way into antibacterial soaps and toothpastes. The herb’s leaves are a great source of tannic acid and volatile oils such as: alpha-thujene, alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, beta-myrcene, carvacrol, p-cymene, thymol, and terpinene. Owing to the tannic acid, savory packs moderate astringent properties, which makes it a common natural diarrhea remedy.
You can cure your sore throat with savory gargle.