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Oregano - origanum vulgare

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Oregano is the wild cousin to marjoram, so the two herbs are classified together. Oregano has a similar but more pungent flavour than marjoram. Marjoram and oregano are favourites in Italian and French cuisine. The leaves are dried and then rubbed or ground to produce dried oregano.

Flavour:

Savoury and pronounced with a slight sweetness and heat mixed with sour and bitter tones.

How to Use:

Any savoury dish such as lamb, pork, beef, veal, venison, chicken, fish, shellfish, tomato dishes and sauces, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, peas, spinach, squash, mushrooms, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, pizza, spaghetti sauce, pasta, stuffings, egg dishes, breads, green salads, salad dressing, onion soup, vegetable soups, minestrone, scotch broth, spinach soup, chowders and jellies.

Measuring:

Green vegetables

1/2 teaspoon per 2 1/2 cups

Chicken

1/2 teaspoon per 3 pound chicken

Pork

1/2 teaspoon per 2 pounds

Eggs

dash to 1/4 teaspoon for 4 eggs, scrambled or as an omelet

Carrots

1/2 teaspoon per 2 1/2 cups

Tomato sauce

1/4 teaspoon per 2 1/2 cups

Stuffing

1/4 teaspoon for each 4 cups bread

Corn Bread

1/4 teaspoon per 2 cups mix

Other Info:

Marjoram and oregano may be used interchangeably in recipes. You may wish to use slightly less oregano than marjoram due to the more pungent flavour of oregano.

 

Oregano Ground

Nutrient

Units

1 tsp

-------

1.50 g

Proximates

Water

g

0.107

Energy

kcal

4.590

Energy

kj

19.200

Protein

g

0.165

Total lipid (fat)

g

0.154

Carbohydrate, by difference

g

0.966

Fiber, total dietary

g

0.642

Ash

g

0.107

Minerals

Calcium, Ca

mg

23.640

Iron, Fe

mg

0.660

Magnesium, Mg

mg

4.050

Phosphorus, P

mg

3.000

Potassium, K

mg

25.035

Sodium, Na

mg

0.225

Zinc, Zn

mg

0.066

Copper, Cu

mg

0.014

Manganese, Mn

mg

0.070

Selenium, Se

mcg

0.089

Vitamins

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid

mg

0.750

Thiamin

mg

0.005

Riboflavin

mg

0.005

Niacin

mg

0.093

Vitamin B-6

mg

0.018

Folate, total

mcg

4.110

Folic acid

mcg

0.000

Folate, food

mcg

4.110

Folate, DFE

mcg_DFE

4.110

Vitamin B-12

mcg

0.000

Vitamin A, IU

IU

103.545

Vitamin A, RE

mcg_RE

10.350

Vitamin E

mg_ATE

0.025

Lipids

Fatty acids, total saturated

g

0.040

4:0

g

0.000

6:0

g

0.000

8:0

g

0.000

10:0

g

0.001

12:0

g

0.000

14:0

g

0.003

16:0

g

0.025

18:0

g

0.009

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

g

0.010

16:1 undifferentiated

g

0.002

18:1 undifferentiated

g

0.008

20:1

g

0.000

22:1 undifferentiated

g

0.000

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

g

0.078

18:2 undifferentiated

g

0.016

18:3 undifferentiated

g

0.063

18:4

g

0.000

20:4 undifferentiated

g

0.000

20:5 n-3

g

0.000

22:5 n-3

g

0.000

22:6 n-3

g

0.000

Cholesterol

mg

0.000

Phytosterols

mg

3.045