Product: Oregano, Ground
Latin Name: Origanum vulgare
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Other Names: Wild Marjoram, Field Marjoram, Wind Marjoram, Spanish Thyme, Pizza Herb, Wintersweet, European Oregano, Oregan, Orégano, Origan, Orikano, Rigan, Ao le Gang, Wilde Marjolein, Marjolaine Sauvage, Origan, Pelevoué, Sajivan, Vild Mejram & Kekik Out.
Description: Oregano is an herbaceous perennial herb, native to Europe and now naturalised in the Middle East and parts of the Mediterranean that grows to a height 30-80cm. The leaves are opposite, ovately elliptical, downy greyish-green in colour and between 1–4 cm in length, growing on reddish branching stems. The 2-lipped flowers are pale pink to magenta in colour and 3–4 mm in length, and are produced in clusters surrounded by bracts at the ends of each of the stems branches.
Interesting Fact: Oregano was known as Wind Marjoram in the 17th century, Culpeper says that it ‘helps the bitings of venomous beasts, and helps such as have poisoned themselves by eating hemlock, henbane and opium’. Gerard in the 16th century said a similar thing, recommending that oregano ‘when given in wine is a remedy against bitings and stingings of venomous beasts’ calling the herb Wilde Marjerome and giving Bastard Majerome and Spanish Organy as alternate names.
Ingredients: Ground dried leaves of Origanum vulgare.
Allergy Advice: Oregano contains a naturally occurring source of salicylates and is best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet.
SUGGESTED USEOregano works well with eggs, cheese, fish, meat and poultry; use it to flavour quiches, frittatas, savoury tarts, pizzas and pasta. Add to stuffing’s and savoury crumbles, sprinkle onto salads and into salad dressings, oregano enhances the flavour of vegetables including carrots and works especially well with tomatoes. The leaves can be added to pot pourri and sachets to help deter moths and other flying insects. Dried leaves can be added to herbal sleep pillows and bath sachets.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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