The name of this potent herb is said to come from two Greek words, ‘oros’ and ‘ganos’, meaning joy of the mountains. Oregano has small, oval leaves that feel a bit fuzzy to touch. The flavour can be described as warm or pungent, peppery, a bit bitter and straightforward – think of marjoram on steroids. Or think of Italian or Greek cuisine. For many people, oregano is a ‘pizza spice’. But this Honest Joe of your herb garden has so much more to give! Crush or shred oregano leaves to release the essential oils and add them in pasta sauces and marinades, stews and casseroles. Try it with beans and vegetables. And how about baking bread seasoned with parmesan and fresh oregano?
Pinch Off The Top!
3 Plant Capsules
Tips and Tricks
You can either harvest the biggest leaves first, or all at once and then start anew.
Harvest both young tops and bigger leaves, so the plants become bushier.
Remember to pinch off the tops when the plants are 3-5 cm tall.