Satureja hortensis or Summer Savory is very well known. It is a popular herb, especially in Canada. It is also called St. Julian’s Herb, Satyricon, or Stone Basil. Satureja hortensis is an annual. Unlike Winter Savory which is a perennial. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is used in Canada similar to Sage. It is also used in Provence, Bulgarian cuisine, in Romanian Cuisine as well as in the Netherlands, Germany, and the rest of Europe. Satureja hortensis is native to Southern Europe.
Satureja hortensis grows to about 45cm or 18in tall. It has slender, aromatic, green leaves. The leaves have a peppery taste similar to Thyme. The flower is lilac-colored. It attracts bees. The flowering season is in the summer. Usually, it flowers from June to September.
Grow Satureja hortensis in the sun. Plant it in light and sandy, moderately fertile, but well-drained soil. It prefers alkaline soil. Propagate by seed. Satureja hortensis seeds are slow germinating. Sow the seeds early in March or April.
Satureja hortensis leaves are used in traditional medicine to reduce fever or to help with bee stings. It is also used as an insect repellent in gardening and deters aphids from surrounding plants.
Satureja hortensis is known as:
Greece: θρούμπι (throúbi)
Bulgaria: чубрица (chubritsa)
Serbia: чубар (čubar)
Ukraine: чабер (chaber)
Uzbekistan: жамбил (jambil)