The warm, balsamic and aromatic flavor of oregano makes it the perfect addition to Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines. This popular herbs name means "mountain joy". Oregano is known botanically as Origanum vulgare and is called wild marjoram in many parts of Europe since it is closely related to the herb that we know as sweet marjoram.
The volatile oils in this spice include thymol and carvacrol, both of which have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Oregano is a good source of fiber. Fiber works in the body to bind cancer-causing toxins in the colon and remove them from the body. This forces the body to break down cholesterol. These are just some of the reasons that diets high in fiber have been shown to lower high cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Garnish pizza with some oregano.
Oregano goes great with healthy sautéed mushrooms and onions.
Adding a few sprigs of fresh oregano to a container of olive oil will infuse the oil with the essence of the herb.
Oregano makes an aromatic addition to omelets and frittatas.