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Frontier Natural Products, Organic Cut & Sifted Mediterranean Oregano Leaf, 16 oz (453 g)

Frontier Natural Products, Organic Cut & Sifted Mediterranean Oregano Leaf, 16 oz (453 g)

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  • Expiration Date: Mar 2020
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  • Product Code: FRO-00281
  • UPC Code: 089836002815
  • Package Quantity: 16 oz (453 g)
  • Dimensions:
    13 x 10 x 1.8 in, 1.05 lbs
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Description

  • Origanum Vulgare
  • USDA Organic
  • Kosher
  • Certified Organic by QAI

This "pizza spice" is full of flavor and aroma-- a strong personality, but one that partners well with other seasonings, too. It's indispensable in Italian and other Mediterranean cooking as well as Mexican fare.

There are so many plants that are called oregano that some suggest oregano be considered a flavor rather than a particular species. Nonetheless, there are two kinds of oregano that are often used in the kitchen. Both are herbaceous perennials. The most popular is Origanum vulgare, or Mediterranean oregano, which is a member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family. It's also called true oregano, or Greek oregano. The other is Lippia graveolens, or Mexican oregano, a member of the Labiatae family.

The Mediterranean variety is closely related to marjoram and similar in taste. In fact, the name means marjoram in Spanish, and it's often called wild marjoram, though it is a different plant. (Oregano has purple flowers, while marjoram has white, if ever you need to distinguish in the garden.) Popular in ancient Egypt and Greece, oregano was used both medicinally and for seasoning meats, fish, vegetables, and wines. The Greeks relied on it as a remedy for poisons, convulsions, and aching muscles, and Pliny (the Roman scholar) suggested it as an antidote for spider and scorpion bites. Dedicated to the god of marriage, Hymen, it was worn as a crown by couples being married (it has also been considered an aphrodisiac). In the Middle Ages, oregano was used in ointments and as a flavoring. It was brought to America by early colonists, but was popularized-- as a pizza spice-- by soldiers returning from World War II. Shepherds in the Mediterranean traditionally grazed goats and sheep on oregano, to contribute spice to the meat.

Suggested Use

Strongly and complexly aromatic, earthy, pungent, slightly bitter and astringent, oregano is a robust spice. It's indispensable in Italian and other Mediterranean cooking. Its special affinity for basil makes the two a great combination in vegetable, cheese, pasta and tomato dishes, and especially pizza. Mediterranean oregano is milder than Mexican, has a sweeter flavor and is considered better for Italian cooking. Mexican oregano is more often used in chili powders, chili con carne, and other hot/spicy dishes.

Use either variety for cream and tomato sauces, soups, vinegars, herb butters, and salad dressings. Add oregano to egg and cheese dishes (like omelets, frittatas, and quiche), gravies, casseroles, breads, and meat and grain dishes. Combine oregano with olive oil and brush on foods for the grill, or add it to other spices for a salt-substitute blend. It partners well with basil, garlic, thyme, and parsley.

Warnings

Non-irradiated

iHerb Customer Reviews
 

Great Product

Posted by 5494681554022782519 on Apr 01, 2017 | Verified Purchase

We use a lot of oregano so we buy in bulk....great product, great price.....great company- Thanks iHerb !!

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Very Good Oregano

Posted by 4955723353473084118 on Dec 22, 2016 | Verified Purchase

comparing this to Norwegian grocery stores Oregano. This smells the way Oregano should, has a very good taste, at a decent price. Highly recommended.

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This variety seems to have much smaller leaves

Posted by 5514081950035846903 on Apr 21, 2016 | Verified Purchase

I used to get the mediterranean wild oregano leaf still on the stalks from Greece with larger and a stronger smell. The flavour and smell was out of this world and really cannot be compared which is why I give this variety only 3 stars. it was a lot more work to clean and remove from the stalks. However this variety with a much smaller leaf, looks more like the ordinary small spice bottles of oregano you buy and is okay if you're looking for convenience. It does the job.

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Excellent oregano

Posted by 4859194012726246578 on Jun 02, 2015 | Verified Purchase

Excellent oregano. Some of the best I have ever had.

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Frontier Natural Products, Organic Cut & Sifted Mediterranean Oregano Leaf, 16 oz (453 g)

Posted by 4938615546298265520 on Feb 20, 2015 | Verified Purchase

This organic oregano was so fresh when it arrived. The smell of it is absolutetly amazing. It smelles like the live plant. The smell and taste is really strong and intense like fresh oregano leaves. I am amazed at the quality of this product. 16oz(453g) is a lot, but we use it in taco spice, on pizza, in pasta dishes and lasagna etc.. Here in Norway a 10g jar of oregano costs around 4 USD. This product gives us almost 50 times more product at the price of 30-40g in the local store and it is a massive savings for us. Also the spice at the local store has almost no smell/taste compared to this. In the local stores there is also only one alternative of spice to choose so i guess they use the cheapest oregano available. Thank you iherb and frontier natural products!

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