Common Name:  Oregano

Scientific Name: Origanum
Plant Type: Herb  oregano  herbs in pot

Soil type:  loamy

Height : to 2 ft

Requires: Sun

Description:

Oregano is related to the herb marjoram, sometimes being referred to as wild marjoram.  Oregano is a perennial with rose-purple or white flowers and a taste reminiscent of thyme. Its taste is zesty and strong and is commonly used in Italian dishes. Oregano is a hardy plant and makes a good ground cover.

Uses:

Oregano is an important herb for food, used for the flavour of its leaves, which can be more flavourful when dried than fresh. It has a warm and slightly bitter taste, which can vary in intensity. Great for food dishes, especially Italian.  It can be used fresh or dried in Mediterranean cooking.  It is also an interesting herbal tea. It is also known to treat insomnia.

Storage:

  • You can air dry oregano.  Try hanging it inside a paper bag to dry.  First, tear or punch holes on the sides of a bag, bundle the herbs and place inside the bag with stems sticking out.  Close the bag with string or rubber band.  Place where air currents will circulate through the bag.  When the leaves are crisp and crumble easily, they are ready to be stored in an airtight container.
  • To freeze, just wash, drain and pat dry with paper towels.  Wrap a few sprigs or leaves in freezer wrap and place in a freezer bag and seal.  These herbs can be chopped and used in cooked dishes.
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