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Oregano: A taste of Italian cuisine

When we give our dishes a new and original touch, generally we use spices or condiments. Oregano is the aromatic herb that is mostly characterizes the Italian food and its use is expanding to the variety of food cultures around the world.

Besides its use in cooking, oregano possess therapeutic properties, as used in the treatment of a large number of ailments and diseases. This feature is due to the high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, magnesium, boron and manganese it contains. It also carries vitamins A and C.

We must not confuse this herb with marjoram (origarum majorana), which has a sweet taste compared to the intensity of its wild variety, origarum vulgare. The main suppliers of this spice are Turkey, Albania, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Chile, Mexico and Peru. Its use dates back to antiquity, the Egyptians found in this plant a powerful aphrodisiac. The word oregano means “joy of the mountain.”

Oregano in our kitchen…

 Oregano in our kitchen...

Oregano in our kitchen...

Oregano leaves can be used both fresh and dried; in this case you can get more taste and aroma. Its flavor has a slight bitter taste, if you try the grass at its most wild, it can even make you mouth feel drawn.

However, this plant is adapted to different climates where it is planted, and has a softer texture. If there is a cuisine that worships oregano, that is the Italian one. When we walk through the different dishes offered in this culture, we see how mainstream the use of this herb is.

From pasta dishes to spicy touches everything includes the characteristic flavor of this spice, not to mention pizza. This competes with aromatic basil, which also occupies a special place in the development and monitoring of food in this country. Its use is expanding into other cuisines of the world: Spanish, Greek or French, among others.

We can combine oregano with other herbs, especially parsley, rosemary, savory, sage or thyme. Before getting to cook with this spice, remember that an abuse of it can ruin your dish. Opt for a gentle touch to provide the flavor in perspective.

Among the foods that best combine with oregano are pasta and pizza, but this herb is also a great ally to give a new flavor to sauces, such as tomato sauce, and salads. To surprise the palate, eggs and cheeses accompany this condiment well. But we can always innovate with new blends: the most traditional dishes of fish, vegetables and, of course, meat, have a new partner if we include a sprig of this plant.

Oil of oregano

 Oil of oregano

Oil of oregano

This form of the aromatic herb is used primarily on therapeutic issues, against various diseases and ailments. With it, we can treat diarrhea, indigestion, insect bites, mouth discomfort, ear infections, rheumatism, respiratory ailments such as bronchitis and eczema.

It is not only useful in treating humans, but also intended to eliminate fungi in plants because it is a potent natural antifungal. All herbs belonging to the family of oregano are characterized as the most potent antioxidants you can find.

Nevertheless, there are situations in which its consumption is not recommended in any shape or form, for example, across pregnancy, as this could cause an abortion.

You also can not take more than five drops of oil of oregano as it may have a narcotic effect. Its use is also negative for people with anemia. For making 15 to 30 liters of oil nothing more and nothing less than a ton of the plant is needed.

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