Growing Oregano At Home: Planting And Cultivating Home Garden
December 7, 2017 16:02 By Fabiosa
Oregano is another herb with origins in the Mediterranean region, and it is virtually indispensable in some cuisines, like in Italian recipes, for example. The truth is that it was through the popularization of pizza that oregano reached other cultures, including our own. In Brazil, oregano has also become indispensable in some traditional dishes.
There are a few different types of oregano, some stronger, others more subtle in taste, but it is your personal preference that dictates which one to use. Regardless of the type or species, this herb really comes in handy when you want to add an extra something to a recipe. So what taste do you prefer? Let’s plant oregano in our herb garden. It is very easy.
Cultivating oregano at home
Oregano is a relatively easy plant to grow at home. It is tolerant to soils which are not very rich in nutrients and it thrives in mild to higher temperatures. The greatest requirement for your oregano is direct sunlight on a daily basis and constantly wet soil – that is why frequent watering is very important to keep this plant alive and strong.
You can plant oregano through seeds, clumps or cuttings. Using seeds to grow oregano, naturally, takes a little more time until you can harvest it. In order to plant it through cuttings, cut a branch of approximately 15 cm and remove most of the leaves, leaving only the ones closer to the end of the branch (3 or 4 pairs of leaves). Then, immerse the lower half in a container with water until the first new roots start to grow. Then, it is time to plant it in a pot.
Harvesting should be done only after the plant reaches about 20 cm in height. You can also use the oregano flowers as a garnish: harvest them as soon as they bloom.
Generally, dried leaves are used for consumption. After harvesting the leaves, leave them in a dark, warm, dry, and well-ventilated place. After they are dried, all you have to do is take delight in using herbs that come directly from your own home garden.
Uses and benefits of oregano
When we say that oregano is rich in vitamins and nutrients, we are only stating facts. This plant contains:
- polyphenols: carvacrol and thymol, two polyphenols with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory characteristics. They contribute to weight loss;
- terpene, pinene, borneol, linalool, and terpinene: these essential oils give oregano antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anesthetic properties;
- vitamins: A, C, K and the B complex;
- minerals: Zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and potassium;
- omega 3.
Is that enough or what? With so many benefits, I have already hurried to get myself cuttings to grow in my house.
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