Originating in the mountains of Greece where it was believed that this aromatic herb was created by the Goddess Aphrodite. She wanted it to be a symbol of Joy growing in her garden.
The word "oregano" comes from the Greek words "oros" for mountain and "ganos" for Joy ~ Joy of the Mountains
Since its first cultivation thousands of years ago, oregano has become a popular culinary ingredient around the world.
Oregano, the classical herb to flavour many of our most favourite Mediteranian, Italian, French and Latin American dishes.
• Perennial - it will grow for a couple of years. It tolerates the winter cold period and grows prolifically from Spring to Autumn
• Groundcover - low-growing and spreading. It grows about 25cm tall and spreads about 30cm wide.
• Summer flowering - either white or have a pink to purple tint. Pollinating Bees absolutely love Oregano flowers and therefore it is an essential herb to plant in any garden where you want to provide nectar and pollen.
• Full sun - needs a minimum of 5 hours direct sunlight for optimum growth and full flavour development.
COOKING WITH OREGANO
Enjoy the distinct earthy flavours of Oregano by cutting fresh sprigs from the plants in your garden. Rinse thoroughly, pat it dry and then strip the leaves from the stem. Finely chop the leaves before adding them to the dish.
The more you use your Oregano, the better your plant will grow. Regular cutting and use of your Oregano will ensure the plant regularly sends out new, tasty shoots to enjoy.
Oregano can be used to add flavour to nearly any dish. It is like the first-aid to rescue your dish and make it taste better.
More specific, it's distinct bitter and earthy flavours are a natural pairing with:
• Garlic, Onion, Lemon, Tomato, Fish, roasted Meat or Poultry as well as fatty foods like cream sauces and cheeses.
Pollinators of all types love oregano flowers and feed on the nectar.
Honeybees, in particular, are big fans of oregano flowers — and who doesn’t want a garden full of happy honeybees?
Keep your cabbage, kale and broccoli crops healthy by planting oregano as a border around the beds.
Beneficial insects like lacewings which can help get rid of common pests like whiteflies, aphids and cabbage moth caterpillars to name only a few, search for plants that have good foliage for laying their eggs, and nectar for feeding.
Other Interesting Aspects about Oregano:
In the garden:
•Evergreen, Frost hardy.
•± 25cm; Spread: ±30cm.
• Greek Oregano (Oregano vulgare):
•Excellent culinary herb,
•Dark green leaves with white flowers.
• Hot-and-Spicy Oregano:
•Great oregano taste with a hot chillie combination,
•Great addition to any dish.
• Variegated Oregano (O. vulgare "Country Cream") :
•Green and white foliage,
•Decorative groundcover that can be used in cooking.
• Golden Oregano (O. vulgare "Aureum"):
•Beautifull yellow leaves make it a very decorative groundcover among other herbs,
•Mild Oregano taste make it suitable for a wide range of dishes.
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.
• Pick fresh leaves throughout the year.
•Plant with Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Peppers,
Use Oregano leaves and flowers with:
• Tomatoes, Chillies, Garlic, Onions, Olives,
• Beef, Chicken, Fish, Pork, Veal,
• Butters, Cheese, Eggs, Soups, Stews, Vinegars,
• Greek dishes, Italian dishes, Mexican dishes.
Oregano may be beneficial in the following cases:
• Natural antibiotic, antimicrobial,
• Contains Rosmarinic acid: antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
• Antiseptic: Treatment of mouth conditions, as a mouth was for inflammations of the mouth and throat,
• Headaches: especially when due to tension, may be relieved by a tea or by rubbing the forehead and temples with oil,
• Modest anticancer activity.
• Anti-bacterial (Natural antibiotic),
• Externally for infected cuts and wounds.
• Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans.
• Strengthen immune due to antimicrobial properties.
• Diaphoretic combined with expectorant properties: Coughs, Colds and Influenza, Minor feverish illneses,
• Topical for Bronchitis, asthma.
• Carminative, Indigestion, Flatulence, Stomach upsets,
• Antimicrobial: Candida albicans.
• Painful menstruation, Stimulates menstrual flow.
Musculo / Skeletal System
• Infused oil can be applied externally for rheumatic complaints, arthritis and muscular pain.
Preparation and dosage:
• Leaves and flowers.
• Drink three times per day,
• Also use as mouthwash.
• 1-2 ml three times a day.
• Do not use during pregnancy.