Winter Savory Herbs: Overview Information
Winter savory (Satureja Montana) is a semi-evergreen perennial herb that provide strong and spicy flavor in cooking. It grows 16 inches tall, 8 inches wide and bears attractive white/pink flowers in summer (July to September). Winter savory herb is native to warm temperate regions of Mediterranean, Southern Europe and Russia.
Winter Savory Herb: How to Grow
You not need to have PHD in gardening to grow winter savory herb. Savory plants are easy to grow and perform well as border plants in gardens. Winter savory also grows well in medium size containers. It’s easy to grow winter savory herb indoor or outdoor in your home/garden. Here below some staring points and tips regarding growing of winter savory herb.
Season: If you’re planning to grow winter savory indoor, start with seeds two to six weeks before the last frost. For outdoor planting of winter savory, plant the seeds right after the frost.
Container: For indoor planting of savory, the pot or container needs to be quite wide and at least 6 inch deep.
Seeding: Spread seeds on the soil and lightly cover with a fine layer of soil, seeds spaced around 12 inches apart.
Soil Condition: A well drained soil is essential and soil that is too rich will be detrimental to the plant. Plant in rich well drained alkaline soil.
Sun: Winter savory requires at least six hours of full sun in a day with warm and dry condition.
Watering: Savory tends to be quite a dry plant but make sure that you keep the soil moist in the week after planting or watering needed before the flowers start to bloom. Watering once in a week when the plant successfully growth.
Harvesting: Winter savory can be harvested in summer prior to flowering, when the plant is in flower or any time during the growing season for culinary or medicinal use.
Dry Savory: For winter use, it is recommended that your winter savory herb be dried. After harvesting of savory (leaves and stems), hang them to dry in a well ventilated, dry location out of direct sunlight.
Tips: It is best practice to grow beans, sweet potatoes and onions next to winter savory.
Medicinal Uses of Winter Savory
- Winter savory use in same way as compared to summer savory herb, but plant has a stronger action than the closely related summer savory.
- A tea made from winter savory herb (dried or fresh leaves) helps to ease the symptoms of colds and flu, as well as flatulence and constipation.
- People take winter savory for disorders including cystitis, digestive problems, diarrhea, gastro-enteritis, bronchial congestion, sore throat, nausea, menstrual disorders and in the treatment of sting.
- Ointment made of winter savory is used externally to relieve arthritic joints and body pain.
- Winter savory works as a powerful ingredient in lotions for the scalp in cases of incipient baldness.
- Its aromatic scent repels mosquitoes, pests and harmful insects while attracting bees and other pollinators.
- In traditional herbal medicine, winter savory was believed to inhibit sexual desire while summer savory was believed to stimulate sex desire.
Culinary Uses of Winter Savory
- In cooking, both summer savory and winter savory has reputed uses, going well with both meats and beans. Savory can be used fresh and dried in cooking.
- Winter savory has sharp and spicy peppery tang makes it a perfect flavoring for any type of mushroom, pork, beef, poultry, and a popular addition to soups, salads, and white sauces.
Side Effects: Both winter savory and summer savory is likely safe in small amount but there is no enough information to know if it safe to use in larger amount.
Precautions: No specific precautions but we recommend that you consult with your health advisor before using winter savory herb or herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or using any other medications. There is no reliable information about this but it is advised to stay on the safe side and avoid use.