Name: Oregano

Latin Name: Origanum vulgare

Description

Oregano is a common species of Origanum, part of the mint family. It is native to warm-temperate climates in western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region.

Its scientific name is Origanum vulgare but is is also known as wild marjoram.

Oregano was first used by the Greeks. In their mythology their greek goddess Aphrodite invented the spice. Giving it to a man is believed to make his life happier.

Whenever possible, choose fresh oregano over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavour. The leaves of fresh oregano should look fresh and be a vibrant green in color, while the stems should be firm. They should be free from darks spots or yellowing.

Cooking

Oregano known most commonly as “pizza spice” or a Greek herb as it grows wild in the mountains of Greece and Italy.

Fresh oregano has a robust, woodsy flavour that makes it one of the main go-to herbs in the kitchen as it is great with roast dinners and barbecue’s.

Instead of making your pesto with basil, try swapping it with oregano.

Health Benefits

Oregano contains: fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, omega fatty acids, calcium, manganese, and typtophan.

The herb is traditionally used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders but it can also be applied topically to help aid a number of skin conditions, such as acne.

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History & Tradition

“Oregano” is derived from the Greek phrase, “joy of the mountains”. In ancient times recently “just” married couples were crowned with wreaths of it. It was also put on graves to give peace to departed spirits