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Oregano (common)

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  • Common oregano, also known as wild marjoram, is an herb that is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. It is a perennial herb that belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region.


    The leaves of common oregano are small, oval-shaped, and have a slightly hairy texture. The leaves are green when fresh and become darker when dried. The plant grows up to 2 feet tall and produces small clusters of pink, purple, or white flowers in summer.


    Common oregano has a strong and aromatic flavor that is slightly bitter and pungent. It is commonly used in Italian, Greek, and other Mediterranean cuisines, particularly in tomato-based dishes, soups, stews, and roasted meats. The herb can be used fresh or dried, and pairs well with other herbs such as basil, thyme, and parsley.


    Common oregano is also used in traditional medicine for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains compounds such as carvacrol, thymol, and rosmarinic acid that have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.


    Days to Maturity: 90 Days

    • Choose a sunny location: Oregano needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day to grow and produce flavorful leaves. Choose a location in your garden or balcony that receives plenty of sunlight.

    • Prepare the soil: Oregano prefers well-draining soil that is not too rich. Amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility and drainage. A soil pH between 6.0 and 8.0 is ideal.

    • Plant the seeds or seedlings: Oregano can be grown from seeds, cuttings, or purchased seedlings. Plant the seeds or seedlings in spring after the danger of frost has passed. Space the plants about 12-18 inches apart.

    • Water regularly: Oregano prefers to be kept evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant deeply once or twice a week, depending on the soil moisture level and the climate. Water from the base of the plant and avoid getting water on the foliage.

    • Fertilize sparingly: Oregano does not require a lot of fertilizer. A light application of organic fertilizer or compost once a month is sufficient.

    • Pinch back the stems: Pinch back the stems of the oregano plant regularly to encourage bushy growth and to prevent it from becoming too leggy. Pinch off the top two sets of leaves on each stem, leaving the rest to grow.

    • Harvest the leaves: Harvest the leaves frequently to promote continued growth and to prevent the plant from going to seed. Cut the leaves off just above a leaf node, leaving some of the stem intact.

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