OK, guess what herb this is in my little herb garden - Oregano! I so enjoy this versatile little beauty of an herb. Here is just a bit of info for you. Mediterranean Oregano was originally grown extensively in Greece and Italy. Since Greek and Roman times it has been used with all types of dishes containing meat, fish and veggies. In doing a little reading on this herb, I found this interesting tidbit - before World War II, Oregano was almost unknown in the U.S. It's popularity skyrocketed with the popularity of pizza, as Oregano is what gives pizza its characteristic flavor!
Oregano has a pleasing pungent aroma and flavor. There are quite a few types of Oregano, the most popular being the Mediterranean and the Mexican. I find the Mexican is a bit stronger than the Mediterranean. A simple favorite of mine is to saute aromatic veggies in olive oil with fresh garlic and Oregano. I also make a savory sauce with melted butter, lemon juice, a few capers, and a bit of Oregano which I drizzle over freshly grilled fish. Hey, I bet it would be good drizzled over grilled chicken also! Oh yes, just a hint - before using Oregano in your dish, crush it by hand or with a mortar and pestle. This little gesture releases even more flavor and a great aroma!
Again, I could go on and on about the versatility of this popular herb. It is such an easy herb to grow in a container on your deck, porch or kitchen window!
It is so easy to add a little "lively" spice to your life!