- 90 days
- Contains approximately 3,200 Oregano, Italian Herb Seeds.
- Germination: 12-18 days at 72-78 F. Requires full sun and good drainage.
Italian oregano makes a wonderful addition to your garden, and has many culinary uses. Its flavor works well in many recipes without being overpowering. Its taste is milder than that of the Greek variety.
Oregano is a perennial herb that sports lovely flowers and aromatic green leaves. It works well in a garden or in a container. This herb has become very popular in cooking, particularly in Italian dishes, although is has also been known as a medicinal plant. Some also find oregano helpful in companion planting.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Oregano is a hardy plant that is drought tolerant and fairly easy to grow. It can spread out or grow into a bush shape, depending on how you cultivate it. Plant oregano in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. You can trim it back as needed.
The leaves of the oregano plant can be harvested often. Cut stems from the pant right before it is ready to bloom, since this is the time when the taste will be the strongest. You can use the herb fresh, or dry the leaves and store for later. You can also refrigerate fresh leaves or store them in the freezer.
Recipes/How to Use:
Use oregano in sauces, on meats, on vegetables, in Italian and Greek dishes, and even as a tea.
Potatoes with Oregano
4 medium potatoes, cut into cubes
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons fresh minced oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer to a baking dish. Bake uncovered at 425F for about 50 minutes, stirring the mixture at least once during cooking. Potatoes are ready when they are tender. Serves 4.