What Is Savory?

Also known as summer savory, garden savory, sweet savory, throubi, and satureja, this little plant can grow its own place in your kitchen—if you know how to use it.

Description: This small herbaceous plant grows up to 18 inches and is a member of the mint family. The slender, pale green leaves grow sparingly along reddish stems. Its fragrant and thyme-like bouquet and bold, peppery taste complement mild dishes. 

History: The Romans used savory and introduced it to England and the Saxons 2,000 years ago. It became so widely popular that “savory” came to denote, in addition to the herb itself, a tasty and flavorful food.

Purported Medical Use: The most common medicinal use of savory today is for treatment of the inflammation of the intestinal tract. In ancient cultures, savory was used in cases of indigestion and flatulence (often added as a spice to dishes containing beans).