Monday, October 1, 2007

Back To The Herb Garden In Key West


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!

Cheers!

11 comments:

katiez said...

My oregano is always the first thing ready in my garden, along with the chives so we eat tons of it in the spring.... Gawd, I eat seasonal herbs....Don't tell!

Nora B. said...

Hi Deb, the sauce sounds good. I will try that next time I grill chicken. Our oregano has been doing very well, I never run out of it all year long.

winedeb said...

Hey Katie, I won't tell!

Hi Nora, isn't it great to have it on hand all the time!

Wendy said...

I've got some lovely oregano in my garden too. Use it to stir into dishes at the last minute. Prefer to use dried in stews and other cooked meals; the flavour seems more pronounced.

winedeb said...

Hi Wendy, yes I do agree with you on the dried oregano. The flavor in this particular herb is much more pungent dried!

Cara said...

I'm jealous - all my beautiful herbs are gone for the season!

winedeb said...

Hey Cara, try planting a few in small pots and put near a sunny window in your house! Fresh herbs all winter!

Belinda said...

Hi Deb...I love seeing your beautiful herb garden, and this oregano is so pretty and delicate, it merits a place in the garden just for its beauty alone, even if it wasn't beneficial in the kitchen! :-)

winedeb said...

Thank you Belinda! Herbs can be special, believe me!

Larissa said...

Hi! Just found your blog...I love wine and gardening too! Match made in heaven. Your oregano looks WAY better than mine. Mine is in my garden outside, and has remained the exact same size for months.

winedeb said...

Hi Larissa! Thanks for stopping by my site! Always great to hear from another wine and garden person!