Hutchinson Farm Herb Guide
Photo: Oregano, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm kitchen, April 14, 2012
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since the 1980's. Available May 2018, in 4" pots and mixed herb planters and baskets.

  • Description
    Origanum vulgare
    Winter Hardiness: Perennial
    Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
    Height: 12 - 24"
    Habit: Mounded, spreading
    Where to plant: In the ground or containers

  • In the Garden
    Also known as Greek Oregano. Similar to marjoram (oregano has larger, fuzzier leaves, and a flavour and aroma that is less "lavendery").
    To obtain maximum flavour, your oregano needs to be abused. Think of a rocky hillside in Greece: lots of sun, not much water or fertilizer -that's how you get strong flavourful oregano. Growing oregano with lots of tender loving care will produce a vigorous plant, with no flavour, and it may spread like crazy under these conditions.

  • We also have Beauty of Kent, an ornamental oregano. Although you can use it in cooking, it is very mild, and is intended to be an ornamental.

  • In the Kitchen
    Oregano is the pizza herb, and is an important herb in many Italian dishes. Not just pizza, it has many uses such as soups, stews, dressings, and sauces.
    Harvest: Chop off young shoots, and use leaves and tender stems.
    Preserve: Dry