What Is a Spice That Is Referred to As Savory?

Winter savory, or satureja montana, and summer savory, or satureja hortensis, are herbs cultivated for their aromatic, culinary and medicinal uses. These bushy plants produce long, thin leaves that can be used fresh-cut or dried to flavor tea, herb butter, bean dishes and creamy soups.

Their genus name satureja was chosen by the Roman writer Pliny, as the half-man, half-goat satyr was believed to own the savories. Carried in containers by soldiers, savory was introduced to Britain by the Roman legions while they were on campaign. Perhaps this was due to their appreciation for the plants' flavors and medicinal uses as a digestive aid.