Oregano is a small shrub with multi-branched stems covered with small grayish-green oval leaves and small white or pink flowers. In Mediterranean climates, oregano grows as a perennial plant but in the harsher climates of North America, they grow as annuals.
Oregano's most modern use is as the staple herb of Italian-American cuisine.
Oregano is an excellent source of vitamin K and a very good source of manganese, iron, dietary fiber, and calcium. In addition, oregano is a good source of vitamin E and tryptophan.
Strip the small leaves from the stems
Fresh oregano should be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel.
It may also be frozen, either whole or chopped, in airtight containers. Alternatively, you can freeze the oregano in ice cube trays covered with either water or stock that can be added when preparing soups or stews.
Dried oregano should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place where it will keep fresh for about six months.
May - October