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Herb 101: Oregano

by Uldreich Sam Crisostomo October 31, 2017

Herb 101: Oregano

A native to the temperate western and southwestern Eurasian and Mediterranean region, Oregano is considered to be a perennial herb. It can grow from 20 to 80 centimeters tall. Its leaves can grow 1 to 4 cm long opposite to each other. It is a very valuable part of both culinary and alternative medicine treatments for as long as some thousands of years.

It is a very popular yet underrated herb. Many people actually think of it as just a mere spice to improve or enhance the flavor of their food. In reality, this underrated herb has a ton of benefits, specifically for health, that most people do fail to realize at all.

This herb is very closely related to mint which belongs to the genus that is under the family Mentha. Oregano and Mint share many similar organic components and have very many of the same benefits. The most commonly used part the plant, which are its leaves, gives off better aroma and flavor when it is dried than when they are used fresh. This is really something odd and unusual for an herb.

But you can still enjoy the Oregano leaves fresh. Wait until you're about to use the fresh oregano leaves to wash them. Hold a small bunch of leaves under cold running water. Shake off the excess water, then gently blot the leaves dry with clean paper towels. Put a large quantity of fresh oregano leaves in a salad spinner
for easy washing and drying.
Uldreich Sam Crisostomo
Uldreich Sam Crisostomo



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