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  • Oregano 'Italian' 4 Inch

Oregano 'Italian' 4 Inch

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Oregano is one of those go-to herbs found in many home cupboards, but not many individuals know there are different varieties!

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For many home cooks, oregano is almost inextricably linked to Italian cooking, but ironically, Italian oregano is not as widely used as Greek oregano (the one most commonly sold dried in grocery stores). With slightly larger leaves than the Greek variety, Italian oregano holds up well to long cooking in soups, stews, and sauces. Oregano is an easy-to-grow herb, in the ground, in raised beds, or in pots, as long as it gets at least a half-day of sun and has well-draining soil. This perennial herb grows one to two feet tall and wide, and due to its flavor, is not a favorite of deer. The best tasting leaves are those harvested just before the plant flowers in mid-summer. Use them fresh, or tie the harvested stems into a bundle and hang to dry in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area. Even if you choose not to do a full harvest, do shear the plant back after blooming to keep the oregano plant dense.


Common Name Italian Oregano
Culinary Uses Use fresh and dried in a variety of cuisines including Italian, Mediterranean, Latino, and Hispanic dishes
Harvest Time Individual stems may be cut when at least 4 inches long. Best flavor prior to flowering.
Mature Size 12" - 24" tall and wide
Growth Rate Moderate
Cold Hardiness -15 ° F
Light Sun to partial sun
Structure Upright mound
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