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Oregano is a popular herb that is widely used in Mediterranean, Italian, and other cuisines around the world. It belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is scientifically known as Origanum vulgare.

Oregano is a perennial herb that typically grows to a height of about 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimeters).  It has small, oval-shaped, dark green leaves that are highly aromatic. The leaves are often used both fresh and dried for their strong flavour.  Oregano has a robust, savory, and slightly peppery flavour with strong aromatic qualities.  It is often described as pungent and earthy.  The aroma of oregano is intense and is an essential component of its appeal in cooking.  Oregano is a fundamental herb in Mediterranean and Italian cooking, where it is used to season a wide range of dishes, including pizzas, pasta sauces, roasted meats, and salads.  It pairs well with ingredients like tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil.

Oregano has a history of use in traditional herbal medicine. It was believed to have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.  Oregano oil, derived from the leaves, has been used for its potential health benefits. It's sometimes taken as a dietary supplement.

Oregano - Origanum vulgare

  • Oregano is a relatively easy herb to grow. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun.

    It is a perennial and can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, or by dividing established plants. Regular pruning can help maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth.

    If planting from seeds, sow from early spring to early autumn in pots and transplant.

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