Hardy Perennial. Thick, green, oval leaves with purplish-pink flowers. Pungent, flavorful herb with spicy flavor. Oregano is one of the staples of Italian cuisine. Gives pizza its characteristic aroma. Use fresh or dried in sauces and soups.
Height 1-2 feet.
Approximately 90 days to maturity.
Oregano, Common Italian (1 gram, approx. 3,300 seeds) *
PRICE: $3 per gram
*Seeds sold by weight. All seed counts are approximate.
Sow seeds directly outdoors in the spring in a sunny location with well-drained soil, after danger of serious frost has passed. For best results start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before planting outdoors. Cover seeds with 1/16 inch of fine soil. Keep moderately moist during germination. When plants are 1 to 2 inches high, thin or transplant seedlings, spacing them about 12 to 18 inches apart.
Care & Harvesting
Harvest leaves continually to keep plants compact and productive.
Use in Cooking
Leaves are used fresh or dried for tomato sauces, soups, fish, salad dressings, pizza, meats, spaghetti, peppers, and egg dishes.
Pick leaves for drying just before flowers open. Dry leaves in a warm, well-ventilated place. For best results, store whole leaves in airtight containers to better preserve flavor & potency. Crush leaves only when ready to add to your favorite recipes.