Andrew Kaufmann

Oregano

Origin

It originates from Greece. It is said that in their mythology the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite invented the spice. Then when the Romans conquered Greece they inherited the spice

Botanical Information

We use the leaves and the flower buds are the best for flavor.

Sweet or Savory

It is used in savory savory dishes

Fresh or Dried

It can be used in both ways.

Health Benefits

It contains high amounts of Omega-3s, Iron, Manganese, and antioxidants. Its Essential Oil is well known in natural health communities for its antibacterial properties

Interesting facts

  • Name “oregano” originates from Greek language and it means “delight of the mountains”.
  • Oregano grows as shrub that can reach 29 inches in height.
  • Oregano is best known as "pizza herb". Other than that, oregano is used as basic ingredient for the preparation of famous Italian specialties such as pastas, spaghetti and tomato dishes.

Recipes

  • Pizza Arrabbiata-

    Ingredients

    12 ounces refrigerated fresh pizza dough

    Cooking spray

    2 ounces prechopped pancetta

    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    2/3 cup chopped onion

    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

    4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

    1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes, drained

    2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    1 tablespoon cornmeal

    3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)

    Oregano leaves (optional)


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