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?
Oregano Tips and Tricks
- Versatile herb with strong taste, traditionally used on pizzas
- Germination time 5-6 days, grows slowly at first, but speeds up at about 4-5 weeks from sowing
- Add the first Height Block 1-1,5 weeks from sowing, the second one 6 weeks from sowing
- Pinch off the tops about 4 weeks from sowing
- You can start harvesting 6 weeks from sowing, harvest by picking the tops and lower leaves
- Recommended growing time 7-12 weeks