EN on Herbs

February 2016 Issue

Oregano Intrigue

Oregano gives robust, aromatic flavor to many classic dishes of its native Mediterranean region, like tomato sauces and pizzas. The name oregano is Greek for “joy of the mountains,” due to its abundance of purple flowers growing naturally on the regions’ mountains. Greeks and Romans believed it to be a symbol of happiness, traditionally crowning brides and grooms with a wreath of oregano. As important as this herb is in Mediterranean cooking, it wasn’t well known in the U.S. until soldiers brought it home from Italy in the early 20th century. It didn’t take long for Americans to recognize the benefits—both culinary and healthful—of this herb.

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