Storage Tips: When purchasing fresh Oregano, look for bunches that are deep green in color and crisp.
Oregano is best stored in the refrigerator. Wrap in a slightly dampened paper towel and place in a plastic bag, or place the whole stems in a tall clear container with 1-2 inches of water in the bottom and place a slightly dampened paper towel over the top.
If you wish to freeze your Oregano, wash and thoroughly dry the whole bunch, then remove the leaves from the stems and place in a clear airtight plastic bag, removing as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 6 months and add the leaves frozen to your favorite dish.
Usage Ideas: Oregano is great in salads and stuffing, or when used in a marinade or sauce for meat such as beef or lamb. It also pairs well with hardy vegetables. Try adding chopped fresh Oregano to grilled onions and squash, or mix it into your favorite bean dish.
Oregano and tomatoes is a classic combination, but aside from pizza, try adding 1-2 Tbsp of fresh chopped Oregano to your favorite barbeque sauce, meatloaf topping, or even tomato and vegetable soup.
Fun Facts: In Greek, the word Oregano means “joy of the mountain” (1)
Medicinally, Oregano has been used as a home remedy for infections, stomach aches, and even asthma. Fresh Oregano is also used to relieve menstrual cramps because the herb contains the compounds thymol and carvacrol, which are proven to help relax the uterus (2)
The purple flowers that bloom on Oregano plants are also edible, but are typically used in perfumes (5)