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Oregano

Cuban Oregano

Description

Velvety leaves with white flowers in spring. Cuban Oregano is neither Cuban, nor Oregano. It is actually of Middle Eastern Origin, and although it- like most culinary herbs, including Oregano- is a member of the Mint family, it is actually more closely related to Coleus than it is Oregano.

Growth

To height of 12-18”

Light

Full-partial sun

Hardiness

Perennial in zones 9-11

Uses

Fragrant ornamental, medicinal, culinary

Suggestions

Grown for foliage- aromatic & texturally. It is used for meat & fish in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Eaten in salads in the Caribbean, cooked with fish, mutton and sour soup in Asia, eaten raw with bread and butter, fried in batter, or used as a flavoring for beer and wine in India and is the principle flavoring ingredient in Cuban Black Bean Soup.

Greek Oregano

Description

A very spicy herb. Harvest the leaves right before you are going to use them, if using them fresh. The most flavor and intensity of all culinary Oreganos.

Growth

To height of 2’

Light

Full sun

Hardiness

Perennial in zones 5-11

Uses

Culinary, Fragrant, Medicinal

Suggestions

Often dried. Great for marinades for pork, beef, and potatoes. Goes well on pizza.

Italian Oregano

Description

A cross of Oregano and Marjoram. Makes a good container plant. White flowers. Strong aroma. Flavor intensifies with drying.

Growth

To height of 2’

Light

Full sun

Hardiness

Perennial in zones 8-11

Uses

Culinary, Fragrant

Suggestions

The pizza herb! Blends well with other savory herbs like Basil and Tarragon.

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