Oregano

The warm, balsamic and aromatic flavor of oregano makes it the perfect addition to Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines. This popular herb whose name means “mountain joy” is available throughout the year. Oregano is known botanically as Origanum vulgare and is called wild marjoram in many parts of Europe since it is closely related to the herb that we know as sweet marjoram.

Nutritional Profile

Oregano is an excellent source of vitamin K and a very good source of manganese. It is also a good source of iron, dietary fiber, and calcium.

Health Benefits

Allergies, antiseptic, antiviral, appetite, arthritis, asthma, backache, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, cellulite, colds, congestion, flu, fungal infections, headaches, immune booster, indigestion, insomnia, lymphatic circulation, menstruation, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscular pain, nervous tension, rheumatism, sprains and swelling. Safety Information: Avoid if pregnant.

How to Select and Store

Whenever possible, choose fresh oregano over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavor. The leaves of fresh oregano should look fresh and be a vibrant green in color, while the stems should be firm. They should be free from darks spots or yellowing.

Just like with other dried herbs, when purchasing dried oregano, try to buy that which has been organically grown since this will give you more assurance that it has not been irradiated.

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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.

History

Probably best known as a workaholic in the kitchen, oregano also has many valuable therapeutic uses. In fact, it may well have first been used for its curative properties before its seasoning properties were discovered. Ancient Egyptians prized oregano for its ability to disinfect wounds and speed up the healing process. It’s also believed that they used it in mummification. Throughout the centuries, oregano has been used to sooth coughs, calm digestive disorders, relax tension, and relieve insomnia.

Nutrition Chart

Oregano, leaf, dried | 2 tsp | 2.00g | Calories: 5

NUTRIENTAMOUNTDRI/DV (%)
Vitamin K12.43 mcg14
Vitamin C0.05 mg0
Vitamin A1.70 mcg 0
Vitamin E0.37 mg2
Vitamin B20.01 mg 1
Vitamin B30.09 mg 1
Vitamin B60.02 mg1
Manganese0.10 mg5
Folate4.74 mcg1
Iron0.74 mg4
Copper0.01 mg1
Magnesium5.40 mg 1
Omega-3 fats0.01 g0
Omega-6 fats0.01 g0
Calcium31.94 mg3
Phosphorus2.96 mg0
Potassium25.20 mg1
Selenium0.09 mcg0
Sodium0.50 mg0
Zinc0.05 mg 0
Protein0.18 g0
Carbohydrates1.38 g1
Fiber0.85 g3

Percent Daily Values (%DV) are for adults or children aged 4 or older, and are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

Tips for Preparing and Cooking

Tips for Preparing Oregano

Fresh Oregano should be added toward the end of the cooking process since heat can easily cause a loss of its delicate flavor. It is best to add dried Oregano at the beginning of the cooking time.

The Healthiest Way of Cooking With Oregano read: Recipes.

Source: www.whfoods.com

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