David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm kitchen,
April 14, 2012
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
the 1980's. Available May 2018, in 4½" pots and
mixed herb planters and baskets.
Winter Hardiness: Perennial
Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
Height: 12 - 24"
Habit: Mounded, spreading
Where to plant: In the ground or containers
- In the
Also known as Greek Oregano.
Similar to marjoram (oregano has larger, fuzzier
leaves, and a flavour and aroma that is less
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
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
Harvest: Chop off young shoots, and use leaves
and tender stems.