Summer savoury is an annual herb commonly used in cooking and one is of the ingredients in Herbes de Provence. Many supermarkets do not carry fresh summer savoury. However, dried summer savoury is usually available in the spice section of most markets.
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Summer savoury, Satureja hortensis, is a member of the mint family. The plant grows 6 to 12 inches tall and 9 to 12 inches wide. It flowers from mid to late summer. The leaves are harvested before the plant flowers and are used fresh or dried for later use.
The leaves of summer savoury have a flavour similar to thyme. The herb is exceptionally flavourful when combined with rosemary. Just a few fresh leaves are sufficient to flavour a dish without overpowering it. Dried summer savoury has a more intense flavour; 1 tsp of dried summer savoury is used in place of 1 tbsp of fresh.
Dried summer savoury is used to add spice to meat and vegetables and is often used in sausage and stuffing. It adds depth of flavour to beans and lentils. It is also used as a substitute for thyme.
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