Mainly used dry, the flavor is strong enough to stand up to bold flavors like tomatoes, onion, garlic and beef. Interestingly, the oil is often a little known ingredient in men's colognes. A must-have herb for the kitchen, Oregano is readily established from herb seeds for the kitchen garden.
Useful gardening information
To get a jump start, sow seeds indoors 6 weeks prior to the end of frost season. For areas with a longer growing season, sow Oregano herb seeds in well-drained to dry, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun after danger of last frost is over. Performs best in rows 18 - 24 inches apart. Thin seedlings 8 - 12 inches apart when they are 2 inches tall.
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Oregano nutrition facts
HR175 Oregano ( Origanum vulgare )
Flavorful herb used on fish and in tomato sauces and much more.
Much used in Italian cooking and salads.
The Oregano herb is a bushy perennial with attractive, deep purple-brown stems and 1 1/2 inch broadly ovate leaves that often have a red flush. Branched clusters of purple-pink flowers appear all summer. Grows to 18 inches tall and wide. Trim Oregano herb plants back before flowering (6 weeks or so after sowing Oregano seeds) to stimulate a dense growth habit. Allow some of the flowers to produce and drop their seed, and the Oregano patch will stay fresh and vigorous.
Remove plants that are 3 - 4 years of age to keep the harvest quality high. To harvest, clip fresh leaves as needed throughout the growing season.
For drying, cut stems with flower heads just before full flowering for the best flavor. Dry on wire racks in a cool, airy place. Pick off leaves and store in an airtight jar.
A perennial for zones 5-8, or can be grown inside.
H811 Oregano, True Greek ( Origanum heracleoticum )
1-2' tall. Hardy to zone 5. This is the strongest flavored of
all the oregano varieties with a strong, earthy aroma. A rapid
spreader with white flowers. Used in Italian dishes, tomato
sauce, pizza, fish and salad dressing. Sow in spring, summer or
early fall. Hardy and easy to transplant.
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