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To 15 inches
is often known as "the pizza herb" because it seems to be the main flavoring
ingredient in many commercial pizza sauces. It has many other culinary
uses, especially in Italian, Mexican and Greek cuisine. It is often paired
with basil in pasta and tomato dishes. Oregano is a very popular herb,
Oregano is a bit of a mystery herb. There are
many varieties and flavors of oregano-even the dried oregano found on
supermarket shelves can vary from jar to jar, even when packaged by the
same company. Oregano has the ability to cross-pollinate with other members
of the species, including marjoram, and this accounts for the range of
flavors and varieties. Because of this it is wise to plant different varieties
of oregano a long distance from each other if you wish to keep your varieties
"pure". Another technique to prevent cross-pollination by bees is to harvest
the plants before they flower.
It may be difficult to find the variety of oregano
that you, and your customers, will be happy with. The flavor of some is
quite harsh and others tasteless. The seeds in packets labeled as "oregano",
with the botanical name Origanum vulgare, are usually quite tasteless
and not a good choice for the commercial grower or home herb gardener.
The best-flavored types are white flowering.
Until a couple of years ago one had to purchase stock plants to obtain
the white flowering varieties. Several seed companies now offer seeds
of true Greek oregano (Origanum heracleoticum). This variety has a good
germination rate and excellent flavor. Links provided on this web site
will take you to seed companies that offer this variety of oregano.
Give oregano lots of room to grow, full sun,
good drainage, moderately fertile soil and you will be rewarded with an
abundance of wonderful foliage and flavor
Oregano is covered in more detail in Chapter
21 of Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs by Sandie Shores.
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