Oregano

Ingredients

  • Organic Oregano

Origin​

  • Turkey

Form

  • Cut and sifted

Certification

  • Organic, Kosher

Typical Use

  • All Year

Background

  • Oregano originated in the Mediterranean room thousands of years ago (its name etymology is traced to classic Greek) and has since been adopted by many cuisines, most notably by the Southern Italian cuisine. Due to the long use of oregano, there are now so many plants called oregano that some suggest oregano be considered a flavor rather than a particular species. Nonetheless, there are two kinds of oregano that are often used in the kitchen. Both are herbaceous perennials. The most popular is Origanum vulgare, or Mediterranean oregano, which is a member of the mint (Lamiaceæ) family. It's also called true oregano, or Greek oregano. The other is Lippia graveolens, or Mexican oregano, a member of the Labiatæ family. Our organic Mediterranean oregano is kosher certified and non-irradiated. 

Cooking

  • Oregano is one of the main Italian herbs used for a variety of dishes, especially in Southern Italy. It is probably best known for its use on pizza. It is often paired with tomatoes, but it also goes well with meats, fish, and a variety of other vegetables. There are lots of ways you can use oregano in the kitchen, including in baking and cooking, in soups and salads, and even in dressings and oils.
     

Over and beyond Italian and Greek cuisine, Oregano is also used in other parts of the world (as the main dried herb in Mexico's Menudo and Argentina's Chimichurri Sauce) 

Cultural​

  • Besides the importance of Oregano for Mediterranean cooking, its medicinal values made Oregano a part of multiple cultures. The Bible mentions Oregano (hyssop) including its healing powers repeatedly establishing it as one of the important herbs of the Christian culture. Oregano's mention in the Ayurveda system also establishes it as one of the important herbs in Asian cultures that follow the natural medical Ayurveda system within Hinduism.

​Spiritual

  • Oregano is a spiritual herb in use by multiple different belief systems. In the western spiritual world (magick, new age, etc.), Oregano has mostly positive meanings (joy, love, luck, etc.). That is another good reason to have some in everyone's kitchen.


In the Ayurveda system, Oregano is also a very positive substance with many beneficial effects.

Medicinal​

  • Oregano (mostly via its expressed oil) has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. The oregano oil possesses carminative, stomachic, diuretic, diaphoretic properties. It is used in whooping cough and bronchitis. It is also used as an external application for healing wounds (Applied topically, it may help treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff). It has antioxidant and anti-microbial properties which may help with parasites or pathogenic bacteria like E.coli. Even WebMD chimes in (and since it is on the interwebs, it must be true) - https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/why-is-oregano-good-for-me#1

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