Quick Notes:

What is Oregano?

Oregano, a member of the mint family, is a perennial herb related to Marjoram and Thyme. It is often referred to as wild marjoram. Similar in flavor to Marjoram, Oregano has the more pungent flavor and smell of the two.

The Turkish - Mediterranean variety of Oregano is considered the standard for American, European and Mediterranean cooking. The Mexican variety is used primarily for the spicier dishes found in Mexican, and Southwestern and Tex-Mex cuisines.

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What is the Origin of Oregano?

Oregano is indigenous to the Mediterranean. Today it is cultivated and grown all over the world.

Oregano is Good for These Foods:

Oregano is good for foods like: beans-dried, beef, breads, fish, lamb, meatloaf, mushrooms, onions, pasta, pizza, rabbit, seafood, soups, stews, stuffing, tomatoes and tomato-based sauces, and vegetables (corn, eggplant, potatoes, squash). 

What Are the Health Benefits of Oregano?

Oregano has a high level of antioxidants. It is an expectorant: helps clear congestion; and, it can improve digestion.

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