Oregano – Mountain of Joy

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Oregano - Add a Mediterranean Touch to Your Dishes

Hello food lovers,

What you are looking at, above, is a photo of my oregano plant that has just been transplanted from a pot to a new herb bed in front of my home. Oregano is a great herb to grow in a pot (then you can take it inside during the winter), or right into the ground. Image cooking a nice tomato sauce and simply stepping outside to grab some fresh oregano. Chop it up…and voila…fresh flavor for your sauce.

Oregano means “mountain (oros) joy (ganos)”! What a great name to an herb that enhances so many different food flavors. Italian food just wouldn’t taste right without it – and it’s used in salads, stews, and Mediterranean and Mexican dishes. Here’s a few good ones:

Recipes: Greek Salad with Oregano Marinated Chicken
Oregano Chicken
Baked Tomatoes Oregano

How do you grow it?

Grown all over North America, it is usually considered an annual, but in warmer parts of the USA and in Mediterranean climates, it will survive all year. In my garden in Southern Oregon we are fortunate that it makes it through the winter just fine as long as I cut it back in the fall. It’s botanical name is Origanum vulgare. I currently have 2 types of Oregano in my herb garden – one is called Italian and the other is called Greek. They do taste a bit different though I doubt I could explain the difference in words!

Health Benefits?

Herbs are just amazing because not only to they enhance flavor, but they do all kinds of good thing for your body. Oregano contains compounds including thymol and rosmarinic acid. Thymol has been shown to reduce bacterial resistance to antibiotics by working synergistically with the drug as well as having the ability to reduce fungus (great news for candida sufferers).  Rosmarinic acid is known for it’s antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Oregano is also a good source of fiber. It works with the body to bind bile salts and cancer-causing toxins in the colon, helping to remove them from the body.

How to Select and Store Oregano

As I mentioned, it’s easy to grow in a pot – on a window sill – or sunny window…or outside in a pot in the warm weather. Grower’s markets will be selling oregano plants in most parts of the country – right now!  If you buy the herb fresh, store it in the refrigerator in a damp towel.

You can freeze it with some water or stock for addition into soups or stews. Dried oregano can be kept in a dark, cool place  for 6 months. After that, toss it!

When you are using the dry oregano, if you place a good amount in the palm of your hands and grind it with your other palm, you’ll release the oils and flavor that get rather stuck in the dried herb. When you are using it fresh, the flavor is fresh, but not as concentrated as the dry herb, so you will use more volume than the dried version.

To your health,

Virginia


5 thoughts on “Oregano – Mountain of Joy

    1. Jimpaolo

      I was very tempted to say herbs, but that would be geinttg off to a bad start! lol. I have chives, marjorum, rosemary. basil,parsley,oregano,thyme,lemon verbena(also great as an ornamental shrub), a bay tree.All are easy to grow respond well to being harvested regularly once the plant is established.

  1. Mukolulu

    , that size of pot will be fine until the roots get crowded, you will ntcioe this as it will dry out quickly, then you can go up a pot size and transplant them. How fast it grows depends on the area you have it growing in and the lighting and plant food you may use. Cutting with a scissors or shears of some sort works best. Water when feels dry to the touch, just poke your finger in the soil , you will be able to tell.. thanks for stopping by and good luck! hope this helped!

  2. Jonell Harkavy

    Oregano, commonly called “the pizza herb,” is one of the most widely-used herbs worldwide, so it is hard to imagine anyone not having tried it. However, oregano was virtually unused in America until returning World War II soldiers heightened the popularity of pizza. -;”-

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