Oregano - Origanum vulgare:
This is a low-lying herb with rounded leaves, which typically grows as a spreading
groundcover. The leaves when crushed will impart a typical aroma. There are many
varieties of oregano, some more flavorful than others.
This is a reasonably hardy perennial. It prefers to grow in full sun, in well-drained
soils. It is southern European in origin, and hence prefers similar climates. After
several years, the plant becomes woody. It grows best if cut back, and if divided
every few years.
The prime use of this herb is culinary. It is a staple of Greek and Italian
cuisines. One may cook it in sauces, with tomatoes, or in a number of ways. Use
dried, or fresh.
Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
Scanning the Scientific Literature:
A literature search revealed no data for oregano.
This plant is closely related to sweet marjoram (Oreganum majorana).
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Last Updated: March 7, 1999.