SAVORY WINTER - 50 seeds
Winter savoury is an evergreen perennial that forms a low growing mound to 40 cm high and wide. The lilac or white flowers extend up above this in terminal spikes. The small summer flowers are 2 lipped and have purple spots on the lower lip. The dark green leaves are 1-2 cm long, opposite, lanceolate to ovate and wider at the tips. As a matter of comparison, Winter Savoury is a bushier plant than Summer Savoury although leaf cover is still quite sparse in both.
Winter Savoury requires at least half a day of full sun and warm, dry conditions. This plant will perform best in poor to average rocky soils and has average to low water needs. A well-drained soil is essential and soil that is too rich will be detrimental to the plant. Winter Savoury becomes semi-dormant in winter and the branches loose leaves. In spring they will come back in to leaf and establish new growth.
Winter Savoury is an excellent culinary herb and may be used for any recipe that calls for savoury. It has a strong, spicy flavour and a strong herbaceous aroma. It may be used for white sauce, mushrooms, meat and legume dishes, white potato salads, in stuffing and vinegars, soups and herb breads. It is similar to Summer Savoury but is said to be have a more bitter taste. Although the herb has a strong flavour much of it is lost during prolonged cooking.
Winter Savory is rich in essential oils including carvacrol and thymol, which is antiseptic. Medicinal use has included antiseptic, carminative, aromatic, digestive, expectorant, menstrual disorders, treatment of colic, gastroenteritis, nausea, cystitis, bronchial congestion and sore throats. Rubbing a sprig of leaves on insect bites and stings from bees and wasps is said to provide immediate pain relief. An ointment made from the oil is used to provide relief for arthritic pain. Harvest the leaves in summer when the plant is in flower and oil content is highest.
Propagation notes will be supplied with seed packet.
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