Sunlight encourages the concentration of the essential oils that give oregano its flavor. Two other herbs are used in the same ways as common oregano but have different culinary and medicinal properties. Mexican oregano is a plant in the verbena family that has an even stronger flavor, while marjoram is a closely related plant that lacks oregano’s essential oil and has a different, gentler “mouth feel.
Due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, oregano is effective against bacterial and fungal infections. It is also effective against yeast-based infections.The antioxidants present in the herb helps slow cell deterioration, thus slowing the process of ageing. Helps boost immune system as oregano leaves are a good source of manganese, iron and Vitamin A. Oregano is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps ease irritation of the gums. Thymol and carvacol compounds in oregano aid digestion and treats stomach upsets. Relieves menstrual cramps. Oregano herbs are useful in treating respiratory problems.
Roasted Red Pepper Pita Pizzas Recipe
1 cup jarred roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained (2 large peppers), plus more
for garnishing pizzas, if desired
6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, plus 1 Tbs. oil
2 6 ½-inch whole-wheat pita rounds, split apart to make 4 thin rounds
Dried oregano, for sprinkling
¼ lb. (1 ball) fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and thinly sliced
16 small fresh basil leaves
1. Preheat oven to broil. Purée red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes and their oil in food
processor 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth.
2. Place pita rounds on baking sheet. Spread 1/4 cup red pepper sauce on cut side of each
pita. Sprinkle with oregano, then top with mozzarella and garnish with sliced red
peppers, if desired. Broil 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Scatter
basil leaves over pizzas, and serve immediately.
What is oregano?
Oregano is a warm and
aromatic yet slightly bitter herb
in the mint family. Good quality
oregano has a pungency that
numbs the tongue. The best
quality oregano is grown in a
warm, dry climate. The name is
derived from the Greek,
meaning “mountain of joy”.