Thursday, July 23, 2015

Herb Garden | Lemon Oregano | Origanum vulgare

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This is an herb that has performed extremely well for me throughout each season, for several years. Oregano is a perennial herb and a native of the Mediterranean region frequently used in Italian dishes. Most of my herbs come from locally grown Blue Label Herbs, Wylie, Texas

Plant outdoors 12 inches apart after all danger of frost has passed. Oregano needs only a moderately fertile soil to thrive.  
When flowers appear, oregano is ready to be harvested. About six weeks after planting, trim oregano shoots to within one inch of the center which will stimulate lush, bushy growth. 
The oregano will spread and establish additional roots. You can then dig the rooted oregano with a trowel to share with friends. A good recipe for marinating chicken is below.

Marinade/Vinaigrette
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest (about 1-2 lemons, I use Microplane handheld zester)
  • ¼ c. fresh lemon juice, about 2-3 lemons (the small lemons are the best for juice)
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • ¾ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 4 cloves of garlic, grated or crushed


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