I started growing oregano a few summers ago and I wish I’d had this article by Jekka’s Herb Farm for reference.
I’ve been using oregano a lot in salads and breads. It’s a great source of Vitamin K which I am deficient in. It’s one of those vitamins that people forget about but is actually essential for good bone health.
As with many herbs, it’s a great source of fibre. The variety I grow is subtle enough to use liberally.
Finally, you may not know that oregano is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Odd eh?
Aside from all of those lovely health benefits, growing oregano and particularly the ‘Kent Beauty’ below, is great for our bees. I know they can be a pain – especially with children around – but think about life without them? No honey for starters!
The word Oregano is derived from the Greek oros, meaning ‘mountain’ and ganos, meaning ‘joy’ and ‘beauty’, how right. This is the most wonderful group of plants that not only look stunning at this time of year but are also useful in the kitchen and very beneficial for bees and butterflies.
The leaves of this herb have a wonderful rounded flavour and a tea can be made from the leaves to ease an upset stomach. Sadly this oregano, is now endangered in the wild. To grow it in the UK you must plant it in a very well drained soil as otherwise our wet winters will cause it to rot.
Another wonderful oregano in this group is Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ much beloved by bees.
These amazing bracts which surround the small flowers turn an even deeper shade of pink as the flowers fade.
The bracts dry…
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