|Oregano / Marjoram|
|Scientific Name:||Origanum vulgare / Origanum majorana|
These two herbs are from the same family, have similar flavors, and are both easy to grow. Both plants enjoy bright sunlight and are not too dependent on soil type. Their moisture needs are different though. Marjoram prefers to be in soil that is moist whereas oregano prefers drier conditions.
Oregano will creep along the ground growing to 6 feet in girth in a single season. Marjoram will grow basically upright and can be up to 2 feet across and tall. Growing either of them in pots works well if they are given plenty of light.
Trim the leaves as you need them.
Since Marjoram's flavor is sweeter and milder, it is best to use fresh leaves. Add leaves at the last moment when you use them for cooking. Its slightly mintly, citrus taste works well with salad dressings, seafood sauces, soups, and poultry. It's lighter flavor also pairs well with cheese, tomato, bean or egg dishes. Marjoram is found in many French and English recipes.
Oregano's stronger and more robust flavor is often found in the cuisine of Italy, Greece, North Africa and Mexico. It's pungent, spicy flavor goes well with tomato based sauces, eggplant, seafood, and grilled meats. Oregano's rich flavor deepens and blends with flavors of soups and sauces without being overwhelming. Because it retains its flavor well, oregano can be used either fresh or dried.