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ISO: Newfoundland Savoury

chowyp Mar 12, 2012 03:12 PM

Growing up with a Newfie parent, chickens and turkeys were always seasoned with savoury, an herb from Newfoundland that sort of looks like rosemary but has a completely different flavor. I've never seen it for sale outside Newfoundland/Cape Breton, but would LOVE to get my hands on some. I've tried ordering it off Amazon.com and it was terrible, full of hard stalks and hardly edible.

Has anyone any idea of where you can buy savoury in the GTA? It would be awesome if it were the Mt. Scio brand that you get in Newfoundland, but really anything would do.

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    crawfish Mar 12, 2012 03:20 PM

    Look for Summer Savoury. It's technically the same plant but I know some will say it's just not the same as Newfoundland Savoury. :)

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      jammy Mar 12, 2012 05:32 PM

      Sobeys carries Mt. Scio in various sizes.

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        FrenchSoda Mar 12, 2012 07:01 PM

        Which one? I haven't been able to find it in ages.

        I didn't realize it was from Newfoundland. Interesting.

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          chowyp Mar 12, 2012 08:45 PM

          Yes - please share which Sobeys! I know that some Sobeys out east carry it, but I've never seen it in a store outside the Atlantic provinces.

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            taterbrandy Mar 13, 2012 06:26 PM

            The Sobeys at Mayfield & Hurontario has a lot of Newfoundland products (and I reckon the other Brampton area Sobeys do as well).

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            Kassi22 Mar 13, 2012 08:34 AM

            I would love to know this too! Being a Newfie living in Toronto I usually either get it mailed up from my folks, or buy it when I'm home. It is one thing I can't live without in my kitchen!

            Another options is to check out one of what I call 'the newfie stores' around the city.

            The Fisherman's Merchant located at St. Clair and Vic Park may have it (can't recall if Savory in particular, but they carry all NF products that you can't get anywhere else)

            1. re: Kassi22
              jammy Mar 13, 2012 10:07 AM

              I emailed Sobeys this morning to find out which Toronto locations carry it. I shop at the Hwy 400 Barrie Sobeys, which also carries Purity biscuits, salt fish, salt back fat and brined beef.

              I'll report back when Sobeys lets me know. If you need it now (lol, when it comes to food, the sooner the better), give your local store a call. I've always found their customer service (Barrie, anyway) to be very helpful.

              1. re: Kassi22
                bigheid Mar 13, 2012 01:17 PM

                Just called Seaport Merchants (1101 Victoria Park) and the nice lady said they carry savoury. Phone number is 416-755-9960 and they are at Vic Park and St. Clair.


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                  Kassi22 Mar 13, 2012 01:26 PM

                  I swear it used to be called the Fisherman's Merchant!! But alas, I checked Google street view, I'm mistaken. Its Seaport Merchants. Love this place. The Lady and man that work there are the nicest people.

            2. Flexitarian Mar 13, 2012 01:53 PM

              I bought a savoury plant last year and grew it in a pot all summer. Easy, inexpensive and available fresh any time you want it!

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                jayt90 Mar 13, 2012 04:49 PM

                It is easy to grow from seed. Richter's has summer and winter savory, but I suspect OP is used to the perennial winter variety, which is strong and woody.


                There is an unusual but unctuous soup made by Mennonites, with chicken feet, and handfuls of savory. Has to be strained before serving!

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                cynmill Mar 19, 2012 11:12 AM

                If you're ever in Cambridge you have to visit Stoyles - savoury and amazing Chips Dressing & Gravy. They also carry a lot of additional Newfoundland products not found in the local grocery stores, which carry a large selection themselves.

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                  jammy Mar 19, 2012 11:36 AM

                  Thanks for the tip.

                  For those of you who were wondering, Sobeys has not answered my email. It looks like people will have to call stores nearby for savory.

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                    terrycar Mar 19, 2012 02:53 PM

                    There's a place called Little Taste of Home, 2917 Lake Shore Blvd.W. at Islington & they carry it.

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