Latin name: Oreganum Heracleoticum
🌱 Days to Sprout: 7-21
✂️ No thinning required
🍅 Days to Maturity: 80-90
💡 Light Zone: Minimum
📏 Plant Size: <1 ft
💚 Care Level: Intermediate
Oregano is native to the Mediterannean and western Asia. Ancient Romans and Greeks viewed it as a symbol of joy and happiness, and used it to make crowns for the bride and groom on their wedding day.
Oregano has a bold and bright flavor with earthy and minty notes. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Young stems are more delicate and edible, while more mature stems grow woody.
Oregano is popular in Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine, adding a refreshing flavor to sauces, pizza, marinades, and dressings. Add it at the end of cooking to maximize flavor. Beyond cooking, Oregano’s oil can be used as a topical antiseptic to soothe sore throats and help ward off common colds.
Care & Harvest
💡Temperature: Oregano prefers cooler temperatures (60-70°F).
🌿 Harvest: Harvesting frequently after the plant reaches at least 8 inches tall helps prolong the plant's life. Pinch off individual leaves, or use clean shears to cut stems above growth nodes. Leave ⅓ of the plant to ensure it continues growing.
Harvest To Plate Recipe
Photo / Recipe Source: Food and Wine
- 3/4 cup raw pistachios (about 4 ounces), coarsely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 anchovy fillet, chopped
- 1/2 cup oregano leaves, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Spread the pistachios in a pie plate or pan and toast in the oven until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
- In a food processor, combine the pistachios with the garlic, anchovy, oregano, and lemon juice. Pulse to chop.
- Add the olive oil and pulse to form a coarse sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Tip: The pesto can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
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