Oregano is closely related to marjoram but has a coarser texture and a stronger flavour. Greek Oregano, known locally as `rigani', has very pungent dried flower-tops that are most commonly used in Greek cooking. The dried leaves are a classic ingredient of `mixed herbs' where they help give `body' to the flavour of dishes. Another easy-to-grow herb that has many uses in the kitchen.
An easy to grow herb with a shallow root system, water regularly during dry weather and mulch to conserve soil moisture. Avoid watering in winter when waterlogging can cause plants to rot. Drought tolerant once established, foliage is tastiest when not under stress.