Inside the Spice Cabinet: Summer Savory

updated May 2, 2019
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If you have experience cooking with thyme, marjoram, and oregano, you’ll have no problem introducing summer savory to your cooking repertoire.

What Is Summer Savory?

Taste: Earthy
Most Popular Use: Beans, vegetables, meat, sauces

Native to Northwest America, summer savory has been described as a cross between thyme and mint, with a hint of marjoram. It’s similar to winter savory, though bears a more mild and delicate flavor.

Even if you have never grown or bought summer savory, you’ve probably tried it without even knowing. It’s used in many dried herb mixtures for stuffing and meat dishes.

It can be found , and used, fresh during the summer months, and dried year round. Though, as with most herbs, the dried version is much less flavorful.

How To Use Summer Savory

Summer savory is the kind of herb that’s compatible with a wide array dishes, just the way thyme in. In fact, the two can be easily used interchangeably. It’s one of the main ingredients in the herb blend, herbs de Provence, and is commonly paired with beans, vegetables, pork, lamb, stuffing, and sauces.

Recipes for Cooking with Summer Savory