Sunday, April 30, 2017

Oregano.....

It's a good thing that oregano requires no gardening maintenance because we all know how much I hate to garden...

(Yes, this is one of MY oregano plants!)

...and mostly because of these:


...we have a few ponds in our neighborhood and along with the beauty come these critters!

BUT...

I love to grow herbs and enjoy using fresh herbs all year long.

I was surprised to see how large my oregano bushes were this spring:


(another one of my plants!)

Some info on Oregano:
Oregano, an herb with a robust scent and flavor, loves to grow in pots where it can spill over an edge of a pot or low wall. However, its trailing growth also makes it a good seasonal ground cover, or it can serve as a nice edging along a path. In late summer, enjoy Greek or Italian oregano’s white flowers against its bright-green leaves. Grow oregano in an herb garden or in containers.


The herb is used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders.  Oregano contains: high concentrations of antioxidants( Antioxidants help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and improve your ability to fight infection), fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E and K, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids, manganese, and typtophan.

I have used oregano for herbal vinegars...


...and of course all Italian dishes!  It adds deep flavor to Italian or Greek dishes, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, and vegetables such as beans and zucchini. 

 Oregano does not hold up well to prolonged cooking when used fresh, so add fresh leaves at the end of the cooking process or use dried leaves for sauces or anything that requires lengthy simmering.

Here are a few of my favorite meals using fresh oregano:



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7 comments:

  1. You keep saying you don't like getting your hands dirty, but the evidence says otherwise! Those plants look amazing. I keep seeing snake posts from my local friends on FB. Evidently they're busy with their shenanigans these days. Have a good week.

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  2. Heathy looking oregano! Thanks for the link to the goulash. It looks very similar to mom's recipe so I'll be making some soon.

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  3. You certainly have a green thumb, for someone who hates to garden! I didn't know Oregano was so good for me. Have a wonderful week, Patti.

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  4. herbs are the only thing I can grow Patti, and I'm with you no garden critters for me!! I currently have pineapple sage, rosemary and basil growing, I'm going to get some oregano!
    Jenna

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  5. Oh Patti, I think you have a green thumb! I always have a few herbs in my flower beds to enjoy. My favorites are, rosemary, basil, lemon verbena and oregano. Thanks for the link. Catching up after a beach vacation where my group of MC girls were happy in the sand. Have a wonderful week.........

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  6. I love oregano and the oregano plant. I have one in my flower garden and my husband wants to rip it out. NO! It is pretty and smells great. I don't remember to go out there and pick it to use though :-(

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  7. What a great plant to have in your garden. So many uses for it. I appreciate the recipe links too. Nothing like pasta with fresh oregano.

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