Oregano, also known as Origanum Vulgare, is an aromatic and medicinal plant that originates in the Mediterranean but has spread throughout the world both for use in the kitchen and for therapeutic use.
It is a very aromatic plant that can reach up to one meter in height and whose leaves and flowers can last between 5 and 6 years.
In addition to its significant medicinal properties, its culinary properties make it one of the protagonists of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Continuing with our tips for growing herbs at home, we're here to give a few recommendations for planting and caring for oregano and taking full advantage of it in our daily recipes.
How to plant oregano at home or in an urban garden
Sowing oregano: The best time for planting is late winter, at which time you can start preparing the seedbeds. These should be kept at a temperature between 19º and 22ºC for about three weeks for proper germination.
You can also reproduce potted oregano by making stem cutting and planting them in a pot that is at least 30 cm deep. Leave about 40 centimeters in between plants.
Which soil to use? Soil type won't present too many problems when it comes to growing oregano. However, it's important to add fresh organic matter once a year to prevent the soil from hardening. If the soil hardens, root development and plant growth slows.
Light: Oregano needs light and sunshine. In the winter, leaves turn reddish with frost but are resistant.
Watering: Oregano does not like excess water, but enjoys consistency. The idea is to keep soil moist and water regularly.
Other Recommendations and Fun Facts:
If you want to try or even freeze leaves, gather them in the summer. It's typical to make between 1 to 3 cuts between the end of spring and the beginning of fall.
If you cut a lot or nearly an entire stalk, don't worry...It will re-grow!
To dry oregano, you can collect small bunches and hang them upside down in a shady, well-ventilated location. It later will crumble easily and can be stored in closed containers.
Oregano is a perfect seasoning for dishes made with tomato sauce like pastas and pizzas. It's not only one of the Italian's favorite herbs, it also is used in wines, digestive liqueurs, marinades and even Mexican dishes.
We'll be back soon with more tips and ideas for you to grow herbs at home. Meanwhile, check out some of our delicious recipes suggested by Da Bruno to make at home. Find them HERE (http://www.dabruno.com/es/mejores-recetas-italianas).