savory

savory

[sey-vuh-ree]
savory, name for any plant of the genus Satureja, aromatic herbs and subshrubs of the family Labiatae (mint family). Commonly cultivated as border ornamentals or potherbs are two species of the Mediterranean region and surrounding areas: summer savory (S. montana or S. hortensis) and winter, or spring, savory (S. acinos). Summer savory is the plant most frequently grown commercially and in herb gardens for its foliage, used as savory spice. The aromatic oil is extracted for flavoring processed foods, sausages, and catsup. Winter savory is sometimes used medicinally as an aromatic and carminative. Savory is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.

Aromatic annual herb (Satureja hortensis) of the mint family, native to southern Europe. The dried leaves and flowering tops are used as a flavouring and in herb bouquets. Winter, or dwarf, savory (S. montana) is smaller and flowers in winter. It is used for culinary purposes almost interchangeably with the summer species.

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Savory or Savoury may refer to:

  • Savory (genus), herbs of the genus Satureja, particularly :
  • Umami, a type of taste also known as "savory"
  • Savoury (small dish), a small savoury dish, traditionally served towards the end of a formal meal in European cuisine, particularly in Britain and France
  • Savory (single), 1994 single by the band Jawbox

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