Oregano is one of the most popular herbs in the cook's garden. Used fresh or dried, it adds plenty of flavor to all
types of dishes from soups, sauces, and salads to meat and fish. It is fragrant, pretty to look at, and
easy to grow. Plant it in an indoor or outdoor herb garden alongside other herbs like basil, rosemary, parsley, or thyme.
The leaves of the oregano plant are very small and have a dark green color. It is a perennial in many zones and the
stems can become woody over the years. Oregano produces tiny white, pink, or purple flowers which are very attractive
to pollinating bees.
Cooking With Dry Oregano
Dry oregano is a well-loved cooking herb. It is used in Italian cooking and known by most children as "the pizza
herb." It also makes an appearance in many Mexican and Spanish dishes. Here are more specific ways to use oregano
in your cooking.
Oregano is particularly useful in any tomato-based dish.
It is perfect for seasoning pasta dishes and most foods that contain olive oil.
Whole sprigs of oregano and rosemary can be placed in steamer water for seafood along with a few large leaves
of basil. It gives shrimp a lovely herbal flavor.
Add oregano to canned soups for a flavor boost during lunch or on one of those simple dinner nights.