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DÁFNI Wild Greek Oregano

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Most herb lovers agree that Wild Greek Oregano is the most flavorful, and arguably the best oregano in the world. A member of the mint family, Wild Greek Oregano is a robust and distinctive herb used in sauces and marinades since ancient times. Its leaves contain more oil glands than ordinary oregano giving it the potent and pungent flavor of the Mediterranean. This wild herb grows abundantly on Mt. Taygetos, the highest mountain in Lakonía, Greece. Its name means "Joy of the mountain". The Greek name origanon refers to oros “mountain”, and the verb ganousthai “delight in”, because oregano prefers the higher altitudes of the Mediterranean climate.

Our Wild Greek Oregano is carefully handpicked, wrapped, and immediately shipped to ensure the freshest flavor. We harvest two or three times during each growing season. The optimal harvest is during May and June. You simply cannot buy herbs of this quality at the supermarket. The moment you smell this potent Mediterranean herb you will understand that when you cook with Lakonía Greek Products you are cooking with products of the highest quality available on the market.

 

Cooking With Wild Greek Oregano

Oregano is an essential herb used in Greek, Italian, and Mexican cooking. In Greece, Greek Oregano serves as a vital seasoning to enhance the flavor of grilled meats, lamb, and kabobs. It is also used to season cheese, egg dishes, salads, dressings, stews, meatballs, pasta, pizza, meatloaf, chili and vegetables. Combine it with minced garlic, salt, and olive oil and you have a savory marinade for pork, beef, or roasted potatoes. The applications of this world-renowned herb are virtually endless.

 

Brief History

The history of Greek Oregano starts in ancient Greece. It is said that Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, created oregano as a symbol of happiness. Ancient Greeks would crown newly married couples with garlands of oregano as a blessing of happiness upon their marriage. The ancient Greeks were also the first to realize the amazing healing properties of oregano.

 

Medicinal Uses

This delicious herb has been commonly used for centuries to treat pain, colds, asthma, and fatigue. Oregano also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In the Philippines oregano is scarcely used in cooking; however it is commonly used to treat children’s coughs. Applied topically, oregano is an effective antiseptic because of its high thymol content. When brewed as a mild tea, oregano will even promote good sleep.

For the world’s best oregano you can either head straight to the mountains of Greece, or choose DÁFNI™ Wild Greek Oregano!

 

Wild Greek Oregano Plant Facts

  • It is a bushy perennial with bright deep purple-brown stems and 1 1/2 inch broadly ovate leaves that often have a red flush.
  • It grows up to 4 feet high and 2 feet wide.
  • The aromatic oval-shaped leaves are usually pubescent or fuzzy. Throughout the summer, it bears tiny purple tube-shaped flowers that are about 1/8 in (0.3 cm) long.
  • As a hearty perennial, Greek Oregano grows wild in its native arid landscape and thrives on neglect. It grows in tufts like weeds, perfuming the air.
  • With the name Oregano or Origanum, it means the flowering tops of the perennial herb Origanum Vulgaris.