ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Winter Savory, a Delicious and Forgotten Herb

Updated on July 5, 2014
Winter Savory (Satureja montana)
Winter Savory (Satureja montana) | Source


Winter savory (Satureja montana) is a perennial herb, evergreen in many climates, and very easy to grow. With its strong, spicy flavour, this delicious herb adds zest to salads or added raw to vegetables. The flavour of this herb becomes much milder when cooked, and it then goes extremely well with all kinds of beans or meats. It is frequently used in stuffing.

Although winter savory is not grown much today, this plant has been known and used for thousands of years to add flavour to all kinds of entrees and side dishes. Grown in places that receive at least six hours of sun per day, this is an attractive, low-growing herb with tiny white flowers that needs minimal care once established. In its second year winter savory can be divided and replanted easily. Bees love winter savory, so if you are hoping to attract bees to your yard, planting some of the herb can give the bees some variety in their diets.

Although it should be avoided during pregnancy, otherwise it is safe in any reasonable quantity, and is often cooked with beans to reduce gas. Winter savory has a beneficial effect upon the entire digestive system.

Amazingly, if you take a little of the crushed leaves of the plant and place them on an insect bite or bee or wasp sting, the pain will vanish immediately!

From Prehistory to Today

Originally from the Appenine mountains in Italy, winter savory made its appearance in Great Britain in the middle of the sixteenth century. A member of the mint family, this herb blends well with other members of the mint family, and can be used in numerous ways, from flavouring liqueurs to sauces.

An easy way to try this little-known herb is to beat fresh leaves into a mayonnaise or white sauce, or to sprinkle the fresh leaves over the top of a mild casserole, a salad, or over an omelet. You can even use it to make herbal iced tea (or drink it in hot tea). Once you become accustomed to the flavour of winter savory, you'll be glad you tried it.

If you decide to grow it yourself, and want to harvest quantities to dry, the best time is to cut it in the morning right as it begins to flower. Hang the branches upside down and let dry. Keep dried winter savory away from light and air to retain its flavour. You can also freeze winter savory in ice cubes to keep it fresh.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)