Ancient Acadian Savory


Ancient Acadian Savory | Certified Organic by Ecocert Canada
Satureja hortensis | Annual | Heirloom

The story of Ancienne d’Acadie can be traced back to Burnt Church, New Brunswick, where in the late 1800s, Jean Prudent Robichaud was given some seeds from an aboriginal woman who lived in the area. Robichaud (1867-1958) lived with his wife in Canton-des-Robichaud, and used to do farm work for aboriginal farmers in the area. Later, his children settled on the land, and his daughter-in-law began to grow the seed in the 1930s. In 1959, Robichaud’s granddaughter, Anita Beattie, got the seed from her mother, and began to grow Ancienne d’Acadie savory in Rivi-re-du-Portage, in northeast New Brunswick, where she settled with her husband. She and her sister continue to grow the variety and save seed today, as does Seeds of Diversity member Norbert Robichaud who has been growing it since 1980. Since he shared it in the member seed directory in 2012, other members are now growing it and it has been offered in the member directory again this year.

Planting tip: Sow seeds 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Needs light to germinate. Transplant outside when 4 set of leaves have emerged.

Harvesting tip: Harvest leaves when plants has reached 6”. Harvest flowers as they begin blooming.



Seed depth : 1/4”

Plant spacing : 12-18”

Row spacing : 24-30”

Sun tolerance level : Full Sun

Days to germination : 7-14 Days

Days to maturity : 60 days

Germination temperature : 15-30°C, optimally 18-21°C


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