About Oregano Blossom Greek Organic
Oregano begins blooming in late spring or early summer depending on the variety. The blossom is tiny, only measuring about 3 to 4 mm, but each flower spike has an abundance of flowers on it.
Our organic oregano blossom is collected in the mountains of Crete in Greece and is seperated in hand. It has a distinctive strong aromatic flavor, with a hint of spiciness to it. The Greek oregano is considered one of the best in the world.
Oregano is a member of the mint family and related to marjoram, a much milder herb. oregano is a very bold herb with a potent flavor. It can easily overpower the flavors of other herbs and spices or the food in a dish, so it’s important to cook with knowledge of the right flavor pairings to complement this herb. Because it is such a gutsy flavor, you should always take care to avoid adding too much as well.
Oregano is an important medicinal herb with much to offer. It contains very high concentrations of antioxidants and is a rich source of vitamin K, one of the most important vitamins used by the human body in maintaining bone density and promoting bone growth.
This herb has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antimicrobial as well. In fact, studies have shown that oregano essential oil has the ability to kill MRSA, a particularly aggressive and drug-resistant form of staph infection.
Storage and shelf life
Store organic oregano blossom in a dry and sealable food storage container – we recommend glass. Keep the container in a cool, dry and dark area out of the sun and heat. Sunlight and heat can reduce the nutritional and flavoring quality of the herb. Keep the container away from liquids that may leak into it.
Organic oregano blossom, when properly stored, have a shelf life for up to 1 year.
Shipping and delivery
The product is available for delivery and pick up from our store in de Pijp.
The product is delivered in recycled paper bags.
Allergens: No know allergens
How to use
Oregano is an essential ingredient of countless Mediterranean recipes. It enhances soups, potatoes, omelets, beans, pasta and tomato dishes. Oregano goes well with other members of the mint family including thyme, basil, and marjoram. It also works well with other savory ingredients like garlic and olive oil.
Use the oregano blossom in pizzas, tomato sauces, in vinaigrette, or simply on bread together with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.
Flavor Pairings: Duck, Lamb, poultry, veal, fish and shellfish, cheese, eggs, beans, carrots, peppers, tomato, eggplants, courgettes.
Other interesting information
The word oregano is derived from “oros” (mountain) and “ganos” (splendor, brightness, joy) in Greek. Consequently, oregano means “shinning mountain” or “mountain joy”. This can be easily realized if someone visits the Greek mountains in June as the place where oregano grows looks like paradise! According to Greek mythology, the sweet, spicy scent of oregano was created by the goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness. In ancient Greece, couples were crowned with garlands of oregano at their wedding. Oregano plants were placed on tombs to give peace to departed spirits. It was also used as a laxative because of its cathartic effect. The aroma of oregano has a camphor note. The taste is pungent and described as earthy and green with some mint and hay.