Compared with other spices, oregano has only been used for a relatively amount of time as a spice. Today, however, it is essential for Mediterranean cuisine. Oregano has also been valued as a remedy for thousands of years. Many traditional legends attest to this.
The name oregano comes from ancient Greek. Today we can only speculate about the original meaning of the word. Both cuban oregano and mexican oregano are also called oregano.
The plant is native to the Mediterranean region, but is now grown all over the world in warm and temperate climates. It belongs to the mint family, is about knee high, is slightly hairy and grows best on calcareous soils. Oregano flowers from July to September. The flowers have a very sugary nectar (76%).
From ancient to modern times, various legends have grown around this spicy plant. In ancient times, it was used as incense in houses to discourage demons. In the Middle Ages, the plant was considered a magic herb that could ward off witches and even the devil himself. Even in modern times, some believe that oregano strengthens the love of newly married husbands.
Known since ancient times as a remedy, oregano has only been used for 300-400 years as a spice. It is typical of Mediterranean cuisine. In Italy, Spain and Greece a lot of dishes are prepared with it. The aromatic, spicy, slightly sweet flavor is best pronounced when the oregano is cooked. It is excellent with pasta, pizza, vegetables, meats and sauces. It blends very well with the spices thyme and rosemary.
As a medicinal herb, oregano was already used in the 1st Century. Besides having appetizing effects, it should brighten your mood.
Oregano has a beneficial effect on digestion and its essential oils have anti-inflammatory effects, which is why it is also used in respiratory diseases.
No you know more than enough reasons, whether for healthy properties or flavor, to put oregano on the menu more often.