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    Oregano Vulgare

    Origanum vulgare )

     Oregano is used to flavor spreads, dips, mushroom dishes, pasta sauces—like spaghetti sauce, meat sauces, red meats and roasts, and pizza. Oregano is the classical zippy taste of pizza. Fresh oregano is also added towards the end of cooking, but dried oregano is enhanced by cooking as it has time to fully develop and mellow.

    Oregano says southern Italy. Marjoram says northern Italy and southern France.

    Season. Oregano is in season in the summer. Dried oregano are available year-round.

    Oregano has oval, dark-green leaves to 1½ inches (3.8 cm) long on square reddish stems. Oregano has mauve-white to reddish-purple flowers.

    Oregano or wild marjoram is native to North Africa.  

    Choose. Select oregano with crisp, bright leaves. Avoid leaves that are wilting, yellowing, or blackened.

    Store. Fresh oregano can be refrigerated in a plastic bag for up to 3 days. Keep only as much fresh oregano as you expect to use immediately.

    The leaves of oregano can be frozen or dried. Keep dried oregano in a cool, dark placed in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.

    Serve Oregano. Use oregano leaves with salads, cheese, eggs, tomato dishes and sauces, marinated vegetables, roasted and stewed beef, poultry, game, beans, shellfish, soups, vinegars, or pastas. Add fresh oregano toward the end of cooking. Sprinkle on cooked vegetables. Add dried oregano at the beginning of cooking so that it can develop in the cooking process. Oregano is essential to southern Italian cooking. It is used in spaghetti sauce and sprinkled on pizza. The flavor of oregano varies from variety to variety. Oregano is also an important addition to Mexican cookery used as a flavoring for bean dishes, burrito and taco fillings, and salsa.

    Oregano flavor partners. Oregano has a flavor affinity for anchovy, capers, chicken, eggplant, feta cheese, garlic, green olives, kalamata olives, lamb, olive oil, pizza, pork tomato, tuna, yellow squash, and zucchini.

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    Likes sunny position with well drained soil.