I add oregano to vegetable soup and cabbage soup. I love the aroma, which is enough to pique my appetite!
Of course, this is a popular seasoning in pasta dishes as well as pizza. Oregano can be chopped and added to pizza dough or bread dough.
This versatile seasoning may be used on fish, meat, sausages, in salads, marinades, and a variety of other dishes.
Dried oregano usually has more flavor but can grow stale if kept too long.
I was surprised to learn that the name is Greek and means “joy of the mountain.” Though the United States is now one of the leading producers of oregano, it was little-known until World War II soldiers, who had been stationed in Italy, returned home and talked about the herb.
Historically, both the Greeks and Chines used oregano for medicinal purposes.
It contains an antioxidant. It’s been used to treat colds, indigestion, diarrhea, and asthma.
Researchers are studying oregano for anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. There is also some evidence that it may help fight some forms of cancer. Also, oregano may help those with Type 2 Diabetes to improve insulin resistance.
Of course, always consult your doctor before trying any of these as treatments.
-Sandra Merville Hart
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“Oregano,” New World Encyclopedia, 2020/07/19 https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Oregano.