Growing Oregano - Benefits and Instructions
Benefits of Growing Oregano
Medicinal- The essential oils in this herb contain terpenes like thymol, ocimene, and carvacrol. These compounds have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Oregano may also have potential antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
- Landscaping- Although it is grown predominantly as a culinary herb, oregano makes a nice edging plant and ground cover, requiring little maintenance. The smaller varieties also do well in rock and alpine gardens.
Use in: Soups, salads, stews, roasted vegetables and meats.
Pick the leaves throughout the season as needed. Harvest just before the plants are in full flower.
Store fresh oregano in the fridge, place it in a container with a damp paper towel for upto one week. Oregano leaves can be picked and frozen for later use as well. Unlike other herbs, dried oregano is often preferred over the fresh herb. To dry fresh oregano, tie sprigs into a bunch and hang in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. Once dried, seal tightly and store away from sunlight.
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