The Basics: Oregano

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Oregano

Oregano or Origanum vulgare, a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae, is a flowering perennial herb originating in the Mediterranean region. It’s quite a versatile specimen known well for delivering distinctive flavor to many cuisines including traditional Mexican, Italian & Greek specialties. Lemon-Oregano Chicken Kabobs make an effortless meal anytime while the leaves may be added to custom spice blends such as Tex-Mex Steak Seasoning for use with a variety of beef cuts. Dried oregano tends to offer more intense taste to dishes & it may be distinguished by it’s warm yet robust flavor with slight bitter undertones. Oregano is relatively simple to grow. Press the seeds into loose, well drained soil in a window box or directly in the garden after the last frost. Make certain a bit of shade is provided in hotter climates. The stems may be snipped then the leaves used in recipes. Learn how to store & use fresh oregano when cooking.

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How To Store & Use Fresh Oregano


Oregano leaves or their purple flowers many be used in recipes or for garnishing. However, if a bushier plant filled with more leaves is desired, pinch the flowering portion away & discard. If purchasing oregano from the market, opt for plants if available or keep the leafy sprigs in the container they were purchased in up to 4 days in the refrigerator. 

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Oregano leaves may be plucked from stems & roughly chopped using a chef knife, then added to dishes for wonderful flavor. Conversely, scatter them over food just before serving for an easy garnish that highlights its use in them. 

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