Get The Most Out of Your Oregano from Backyard Eats
When It’s Ready
- Pick individual leaves when the plant reaches at least 4″ height
- Pick handfuls of oregano leaves regularly to continuously stimulate growth of the plant
- If harvesting a large amount, cut at the the plant at the base of the stem before it begins to flower
- Use a sharp knife or shears to clip stems and/or leaves away from the bush
Oregano is a herb with a warm, slightly bitter, and slightly pungent flavor. It is a staple ingredient in Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, and is often used in dishes such as pizza, pasta, and chili. Oregano is typically used as a seasoning, and can be added to dishes either fresh or dried. It pairs well with a variety of other ingredients, including tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil.
Long-Term Storage: “Woody” perennial herbs like oregano can be dried at home to enjoy all year long! First, trim stems from the main plant. Tie 3-5 stems together into a bundle, then hang them to dry in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated place for 2-3 weeks.
Once the herbs are dry and brittle, you can store and enjoy them long-term.
Cooking With Oregano
- Oregano Tomato Sauce: Add dried oregano to your homemade tomato sauce for a fragrant and flavorful twist. Simmer the sauce with oregano, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and herbs for a classic and versatile pasta sauce.
- Greek Salad: Sprinkle dried or fresh oregano over a traditional Greek salad composed of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, feta cheese, olives, and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. Oregano adds an authentic Mediterranean touch to this refreshing salad.
- Oregano Marinade: Combine dried oregano with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to create a tangy and herb-infused marinade for grilled chicken, fish, or vegetables. Let the ingredients marinate for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
- Oregano Roasted Potatoes: Toss cubed potatoes with olive oil, dried oregano, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven until the potatoes are golden and crispy. The aromatic oregano complements the savory flavors of the roasted potatoes.
- Oregano Infused Olive Oil: Place fresh oregano sprigs in a bottle of olive oil and let it infuse for a few days. Use the infused oil as a dipping sauce for bread, drizzle it over salads, or incorporate it into various recipes to impart a distinct oregano flavor.