A symbol of joy and happiness, oregano is a well known herb in most kitchens.  Known since ancient times for its warm and aromatic flavor, oregano is wonderful in sauces, salad dressings, omelets, on pizza, on chicken, lamb, fish, vegetables, and especially, sauteed with mushrooms.  Oregano is thought to have been first used by the Greeks, and is popular in Mediterranean cooking, but has been cultivated in France since the Middle Ages and Northern Europe since ancient times. Popular in Southern Italy, oregano is closely related to the herb that we know as sweet marjoram.  It did not arrive in the United States until WWII when soldiers returned from Italy and brought word of its flavor home. The healing and health benefits of this fabulous herb have been well known for years.  It has effective anti-bacterial properties, is a potent antioxidant and is nutrient dense, making it not only flavorful but healthful as well. Oregano, a bit of joy to add to your cooking!

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