Oregano is a strong-flavored herb widely used worldwide, popular in the Mediterranean, Mexican, and Italian cuisine. Native to the Mediterranean and western Asia, oregano is used in many dishes for example pizza, pasta sauce, marinated meets, and olive oil-based dishes. In this article, we will share how to grow oregano, the nutrients, and health benefits that can be gained from adding this herb to your diet.
Oregano is part of the mint family amongst many other aromatic herbs. There are many varieties of oregano, some having different flavours, aromas, and some suited for different climates. If you interested in growing oregano here are some varieties you should consider: ‘Common’, ‘Greek’, ‘Golden’, and ‘Indian’.
How To Grow Oregano
Sow oregano seeds outdoors in early-mid spring. Grow oregano in container/pots and trenches, in full sun, although they will tolerate partial shade. Sow around 1 cm deep in individual containers/pot, and 12 inches apart if growing in trenches. Oregano prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure.
Water regularly, especially in dry spells, and keep soil evenly moist. When roots start coming out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the containers/pots, transfer into a bigger container/pot. Alternatively, dig a small trench, transplant your oregano, and fill the rest with compost or manure.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Oregano contains some beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, K and E, fiber, manganese, iron, tryptophan, and calcium. In addition, they contain many health benefits such as anti-cancer properties, may help fight bacteria, rich in antioxidants, reduce viral infections, and can decrease inflammation.
Oregano is easy to add to your diet, used worldwide, and very versatile. Used in many meals such as pizza, pasta, alongside vegetables and greens salads. Sprinkle some dried oregano in soups, stews, sauces, and dressings. use as a seasoning for chicken, turkey, and other meat and poultry meals.