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The Story of Your Food: Oregano

Posted 1/19/2018 1:16pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Oregano - strong, peppery, minty tang all its own. Adds true delight to so many dishes! Oregano is my personal favorite herb. Having said that, there are many imposters parading as oregano, but they come up very short on the flavor scale. A variety often sold as oregano is in fact a wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare) and although similar in appearance, is washed out in the flavor department. And often dried oregano sold in supermarkets is not even oregano, but a type of Coleus (labeled as Mexican oregano)- it is a very rapid grower, so commercially attractive, but sadly, not the real thing in my opinion. The variety we grow is "Origanum Heracleoticum" - it is the one with loads of amazing robust oregano flavor! Pasta sauces, pizza, soups, stews, salad dressings, focaccia..pretty much good in everything except chocolate cake. Oregano can be used fresh, however I prefer to use it dried..it seems to intensify the flavor even more. It is very easy to dry in a dehydrator, or tie in a bunch and hang to dry in a corner of the kitchen. The word Oregano comes from the Greek, which means "mountain of joy". So add some joy to your cooking this summer with this most delightful herb!

Dennis and the Our Farm Team


Tags: Herbs, Oregano

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