|Another of My Herb Books from England!|
In parts of America (she doesn't mention which parts), where the herb has been grown since the days of the early settlers, it will be necessary to give savory the protection of cold frames or a layer or two of straw before winter. Savory should be clipped back in early summer and again in fall to give a neat hedging. Otherwise it will reach a height of about 14 inches. Winter savory flowers white flowers reminiscent of rosemary. She takes cuttings of flowering stems for posies. Stem cuttings take readily needing shade at first and once established roots, they will be better in the sun.
Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) is a taller herb with paler green delicate leaves and pretty pink-lilac flowers that form in late summer. It sometimes has a very short season, but it does self-sow when it is happy. Creeping savory (Satureja repandra) (different botanical name from Jekka's) is a very low growing and would be good for scented banks, rock gardens or around paving. Needs to be sited with care because it doesn't do well with frost. It will attract bees and have flowers just as the other savories do. Has the same white flowers as the larger savories do and it grows to be about 3 inches high similarly to pennyroyal.
Use winter savory in stuffing, bean casseroles and stews. Either savory may be used in fish dishes, particularly with trout. Summer savory seasons sausage and bean or fish salads. Savory can be added to pickles and preserves. Fresh or dried in oil or vinegar. Summer savory with its milder flavor may be preferable for egg dishes. Winter savory which is slower growing and stronger in taste can be picked as a fresh herb for much of the year. Provided that you have leaves on your plants. The Romans made a sauce of savory much like mint sauce. Useful in salt free diets in herb blends. Nettle and savory in combination, more nettle than savory can season a bean casserole.
This is a good herb book for beginners and experts alike of herbs. Hope you have learned something new that you didn't know before. She also has a companion book to this one called Herbcraft Naturally which talks about crafts with herbs and has 20 crafts with herbs and her last chapter talks about Herbs at Christmas! May have to do a post on that chapter!
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