Oregano: An Italian Favorite
Oregano is a Mediterranean herb that is a staple to Italian kitchen. It’s safe to say that it is one of the most versatile herbs, since it has a plethora of uses in and outside of the kitchen.
It is commonly used to add rich flavor to pastas, sauces and pizza. Additionally, most main dishes including beef and lamb exude a lot more appetizing taste and aroma. You can also add some to gravy, sauces, stews and soups.
When growing oregano there are a few varieties, such as the Mexican, Italian, Spanish and Greek. Each variety calls for a certain dish. Whether fresh or dried, chefs all around the world love oregano!
With this culinary herb, you too will surely have a scrumptious feast in your hands. But not just for the kitchen, oregano has also been known to have some medicinal properties. It has been used for centuries as herbal remedy for cough and colds. It has a powerful antioxidant property that aids in relieving pain including cramps, sore stomach, indigestion, and muscle pains. It also stimulates the immunity system to fight against infections and allergies.
Read on for our full guide on how to grow oregano in your own garden.
To grow Oregano, plants should be started indoors about 6-8 weeks before last frost. There will be about a week for you notice any germination and plants will grow at a moderate pace once sprouted. Make sure you keep the soil about 65° to 70° F for proper germination. You can seed directly in the ground providing you wait until the danger of frost has past.
Always grow extra plants and use the more aromatic ones as no two Oregano plants are the same. Plant in well drained soil and with minimum effort your Oregano crop should be a success.