oregano

oreganoinfo: Oregano is an aromatic herb possessing a unique flavor that combines well with a wide variety of dishes. A good source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron and calcium.

storage:
Wrap in slightly damp paper towels & refrigerate. Keeps for up to five days.

Another option is to chop the oregano & mix with a bit of water or broth. Pour this mixture into ice cube trays & freeze. Use the cubes in sauces, soups, & stews.

preparation: Wash in tepid water & pat dry. Trim leaves from stems. Chop to desired size/consistency.

Eat raw in salads & sandwiches. For cooking, you can saute, stir-fry, steam, and boil the leaves. They also go well in soups, stews, casseroles, and on top of pizza.

Please note that oregano’s volatile oils (which provide its flavor) tend to dissipate under prolonged heat, so use a light touch or add near the end of the cooking process.

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history:

from The history and health benefits of oregano

The word, oregano, is translated from Greek to mean “The joy of the mountain”. In ancient Grecian societies, wreaths of oregano were used in marriage ceremonies to bless the happy couple and used in funeral services to impart peace to the deceased.

As The Romans conquered Greece, they integrated a large portion of Grecian culture into their own. It was these conquering Romans who were responsible for the widespread use of oregano throughout Europe and abroad.

As this versatile, pungent spice wound its way down the “spice road”, a trading route between the Middle East and Asia, oregano finally arrived in China where it was used almost exclusively for medicinal purposes.

Oregano was a rare find in the United States up until World War II when soldiers and an influx of foreign immigrants introduced it along with other spices to American culture. …read more