The early colonists used savory as a general tonic, appetite stimulant and a treatment for diarrhea. Savory tea was brewed for suppressing coughs, while crushed leaves were rubbed on insect bites for pain relief. Credit the Italians for likely being the first for using savory as a cooking herb.
- Mince and add to marinades.
- Chop coarsely and add to soups.
- Add a pinch to polenta.
- Chop and blend with red sauces for added zest.