Native to the Mediterranean region, oregano is used widely in Italian, Mexican, and Greek cuisine. The fresh leaves provide robust flavor that is slightly peppery, with notes of camphor and lemon. The sharpness of this fresh herb mellows when dried. While there are flavor differences in the various varieties of oregano, once dried it can be used in many types of dishes.
Like other fresh herbs, oregano can be stored in a plastic bag in the crisper section of your refrigerator. Visit this page for tips on drying herbs.
Finely chop the fresh leaves for a great addition to pasta sauces, pizza, bean dishes, taco fillings, stuffing, or grilled veggies. Oregano’s strong flavor pairs well with grilled meats, marinades, soups and roasted vegetables. Some consider oregano’s soul mate to be lemon, making it perfect for Greek salads, baked fish and souvlaki. In Mexico, oregano flavors bean dishes, burritos and taco fillings.