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Origanum Vulgare Hirtum is also known as Greek oregano.

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Origanum Vulgare Hirtum, which is also known as Greek oregano is a common source of cultivars with a different aroma.

Overview of Origanum Vulgare Hirtum

• Growth is vigorous and very hardy.
• The foliage is darker green and slightly hairy.
• It is considered the best all-purpose culinary subspecies.
• Greek Oregano is one very spicy herb.
• Greek Oregano has a flavor that is so intense it numbs the end of your tongue when fresh.
• The flower of Greek Oregano is white.

The leaves and flowering stems are strongly:
– Antiseptic
– Antispasmodic
– Carminative
– Cholagogue
– Diaphoretic
– Emmenagogue
– Expectorant
– Stimulant
– Stomachic
– Mildly tonic
• Oregano is an important culinary herb.
• It is used for the flavor of its leaves.
• It has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste.
• Oregano’s most prominent modern use is as the staple herb of Italian-American cuisine.
• It is most frequently used with roasted, fried or grilled vegetables, meat and fish.
• The herb is also widely used in Turkish, Palestinian, Lebanese, Egyptian, and Syrian, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Philippine and Latin American cuisines.
• Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids.
• It also has shown antimicrobial activity against strains of the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.

Growing and Caring conditions for Origanum Vulgare Hirtum

• Plant oregano in the sunniest spot in the garden.
• This perennial prefers all-day sun.
• It needs well-drained soil on the dry side.
• Purchase seedlings from a local nursery, as the plant grows poorly from seed.
• Place the oregano seedlings 1/8-inch deep into soil after all danger of frost has passed.
• Each plant should have at least 8 inches of elbow room.
• Weed the area regularly.
• Apply an 8-inch thick layer of hay over the bed to protect against weed growth.
• Harvest fresh oregano for use through the season.
• Cut the remainder of the plant when small white flowers appear.
• Hang clumps of the herb in a warm, dark room until dry.
• Use only the crumbled leaves in cooking.
• Store the unused leaves in an airtight container.
• Discard the stems.
• Oregano is a deterrent to some types of garden pests and can aid in controlling them naturally.
• Oregano plants can be cultivated in part shade.
• If growing from seeds, plant seeds 1/4-inch deep.
• Plant nursery stock about 18 inches apart.
• If you have planted from seed, thin established seedlings to 12 inches apart.
• Harvest your oregano in mid-spring, just before the flowers open.
• Cut off the top 6 inches of the stem and remove the leaves.
• Make sure to remove the mulch in early spring.
• Propagate oregano in mid-spring by dividing plants during peak growth, before flowers appear.

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