Oregano is a wild variety of the marjoram and belongs to the lip bloom plants (Lamiaceae). It has its origins in Greece and is called there "the joy of the mountains". On the Greek island of Crete, the perennial plant grows dry on stony, calcareous soils.
He was and is very popular with the Greeks and the Romans. In the past, girls in love carried him as a crown, believing she would win the love of her groom.
How does oregano taste?
Oregano has a spicy-spicy and bitter-bitter taste with a camphor nuance, it smells spicy - smoky.
Culinary use of oregano
The wild oregano harmonizes with many dishes. It is a typical spice of the Mediterranean cuisine. It is ideal for a delicious lamb roast. Because of its Corsican scent, this herb is essential for the success of a pizza or tomato sauce.
Greek cuisine can not do without oregano. They season with him salads and fried fish.
Mexican cuisine uses it for chili con carne, taco fillings and typical salsas, especially in conjunction with chili. It refines vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, salads, artichokes, cauliflower, potatoes, beans, carrots, corn and zucchini.
With oregano you can also make a very nice and aromatic herbal oil or vinegar.
With which spices and herbs can oregano be combined?
Oregano is an intense herb and should be used sparingly, it blends well with basil, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, sage, rosemary, chili, parsley, cumin.
Fill all your spices and herbs in an airtight container. Keep them dry, cool and protected from the sun.