I thought it might be nice to highlight each of our herbs. I am sure you already are familiar with them but maybe there is something new that you might learn. This months herb is oregano. Also known as wild marjoram and Origanum vulgare (meaning “joy of the mountain” in Greek), oregano is a fragrant culinary and medicinal herb that has been used for thousands of years. (Thanks Masterclass) This little guy really packs a punch. Most times you will see oregano dried, as not many recipes call for fresh oregano because of its pungent and strong taste. But that doesn't mean that this little guy can't be used fresh. Actually fresh oregano has a very different taste than the flakes that you might shake on your pizza or sprinkle in your pasta sauce. This "hardy herb" can be integrated into your dishes in so many ways and introducing its aromatic and tender leaves to your meats can liven them up.
Now I am sure there are studies out there about the health benefits of oregano but I haven't looked it up yet. Tt is reported that there are health benefits to eating these green tenderlings. In addition to being packed with vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals like iron, calcium, and manganese, oregano is also rich in dietary fiber. The herb is packed with essential oils like carvacrol and thymol, which have antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory powers that help to fight harmful free radicals and prevent illness. (Thanks again Masterclass) Have you ever tried oil of oregano? Oh my goodness, you may not know exactly what it is doing, but you know it is doing something great to your body. Please note that I am prescribing, or making claims that oil of oregano will treat a condition because I am not a Doctor of Medicine. But like me, you also have google and YouTube University. So check it out and see the benefits. Remember if you are looking to grab some fresh oregano, pop on over to the Shop and order some. The green goodness is waiting for you.
You can substitute a lesser amount of fresh oregano in some of your recipes to liven things up. This is especially true in classic Italian dressing. The dressing can be added on your favorite salad or used in your favorite bruschetta. Also try this slow-cooked bell pepper recipe.