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Friday, May 7, 2010


Oregano is widely used in Italian dishes, tomato sauce, pizza, fish and salad dressing. The Mexican Oregano is a bit stronger than Mediterranean Oregano.  

Oregano is a strong antioxidant, containing 42 times the antioxidant power of apples, and 12 times more than oranges. Among the potent antioxidants found in oregano are beta-carotene, myristic acid and quercetin.

When using Oregano, either fresh or dried,  add this herb to your dish near the end of its' cooking time to preserve the flavor.

How To Grow -

Oregano is a member of the mint family and is easy to grow when purchased through a nursery. Plants need good soil, lots of sun and moderate watering. Mature height 12" - 24" , spaced 12 inches apart. Oregano is best planted in a large pot as plants can spread aggresively.

Cooking with Oregano -

Add fresh oregano to stuffing, couscous, rice, polenta or garlic mashed potatoes.

Rub chicken with a little butter or olive oil and chopped fresh oregano right before grilling.

Blend fresh oregano, spinach, olive oil and Parmesan cheese in a food processor to make a tasty pesto topping for bruschetta or pasta.

Add tomatoes and fresh oregano to scrambled eggs.

Fold chopped fresh oregano ino bread or biscuit dough.

Add chopped oregano into a mixture of tofu and ricotta cheese and stuff manicotti shells; top with marinara sauce.

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