A delicious culinary herb that is essential to your Italian dishes. If you are herb gardening for flavor, include Italian Oregano in the herb plants you grow.
Italian Oregano is an excellent variety with a strong spicy flavor used in Italian cooking. A native of the Mediterranean region, Oregano was made popular in the United States by returning WWII soldiers who brought their new found love of pizza home with them. Previously not considered the main ingredient in Italian cooking, it was Oregano's bold spicy flavor that reminded Americans of the robust complexity of Italian cuisine.
Along with Parsley and Basil, Oregano is also an aromatic member of the Mint family and is one of the key ingredients that sets Italian food apart from other rich, spicy cuisines.
Characteristics: 'Italian' Oregano has a bold spicy flavor, quintessential to Italian cooking. A very popular culinary herb!
Light: Oregano loves full sun.
Water: Oregano will not tolerate constant 'wet feet.' Make sure soil is dry to the touch before you give it a thorough watering. Once established, oregano can withstand drought.
Soil: Plant your oregano in well-draining soil of somewhat gravely or rocky consistency.
Use: Wonderful in Mediterranean soups, sauces, salads, and pizzas.
Oregano is packed with nutrition: it contains vitamin E, iron, calcium, manganese, vitamin K, omega fatty acids, fiber ... and has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial as well as antioxidant properties. You can make an easy poultice out of the leaves to relieve swelling, and the essential oil can be applied directly on a tooth to relieve a toothache!