|The First Book I Read About Savory 20 Days Ago!|
Of course, with this first book, Carole Saville doesn't really talk about the two savorys you are thinking about, summer or winter. Her focus is about Pink Savory (Satureja thymbra). It is definitely a tender perennial (Zones 8-9) for us in the northern part of the U.S. It is native to Sardinia, Greece, Crete and the eastern Mediterranean.
It grows to about one foot tall. It is very flavorful despite its size and its flavor is hotter than summer savory with oregano accents. It grows on dry, stony hillsides in its native countries. Ms. Saville says "Pink savory was known to the seventeenth century herbalists, Gerard and Parkinson, who called it Wild Time of Candy. "Time" being thyme and "candy" the then name for the island of Crete." Other common names are goat thyme and Roman, Greek and European hyssop.
It is found in herb nursery catalogs as pink savory or barrel sweetener, because in Crete a strong infusion of savory was used to cleanse and refresh wine barrels in the fall in preparation for a new wine.
Growing pink savory is the tricky bit coming from clay, wet soils. Pink savory likes it dry, average to alkaline soil, full sun and excellent drainage. I see a rock garden in my future. But even having said that pink savory for me would have to be in a pot at the very least or dug up in the fall to be taken inside. Cut back tip growth to keep a neat appearance. Pink savory is perfect for a bed of Mediterranean herbs such as thymes and oreganos and sages. Hope you will consider growing some pink savory in your herb garden this year. I can see that my savory mail order from Well Sweep Herb Farm has increased by one!
I really realized with this herb of the year that I have not provided too much information and some of it is incorrect. Oops! Already corrected what was incorrect. Winter savory is not even on my list of perennial herbs! Have grown it over the years, but have learned that summer savory does self seed sometimes and winter savory is only good as long as the winter is not too cold and we had a terrible one last year. The bottom line is that my photo catalog of savory is minimal! So I may be taking a lot of book covers until the growing season gets started again.
BTW, your local nursery may not have pink savory or summer or winter for that matter. Here are some of my favorite herb nurseries that still do mail order. Well Sweep Herb Farm in New Jersey (link above), Sandy Mush Herb Nursery in North Carolina (First $100 I spent was on herbs from Sandy Mush.), Richters Herbs in Ontario, Canada (Yes, you can get plants back with the right paperwork from Canada.). Two of my favorite places to buy herbs in Ohio are Mulberry Creek Herb Farm in Huron, Ohio and Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance, Ohio. All of the above-mentioned nurseries are passionate about herbs. So please check them out. Locally in the Pittsburgh area check out McTighe's Garden Center on Route 8, North Hills that sell a lot of unusual herbs from Sal Gilberte in Connecticut and Trax Farm in the South Hills among others in the area. Please share your favorite place to buy herbs.
Took me awhile to put this together. So getting back into an herbal rhythm may be difficult, but just nudge me if you don't hear from me for a while. We had a touch of wet snow but it's January! Hope you are having a great day wherever you may be. Talk to you later.