This is the first one in the series: Grow Your Food. In this segment I will be sharing with you my knowledge about growing your own food. It may not be much but it did work for me. I will also write about ideas where you can use the final product but I won’t be dealing with nutritional side of it.
Oregano is one of my favourite spices. But until I’ve tried my own, fresh one, I have always used it dried. The fresh one is just unbelievably tasty!
If you have a special place in the kitchen, light where even a winter sun is present, then I suggest planting it any time of the year. Just make sure to have a good container. As all other plants, oregano loves sun too. Because of its Mediterranean origin, it maybe loves it a bit more than the other plants. So if you happen to have garden, then the best time would be to plant it in April or even before if you live in a warm climate. I usually plant it in container in second half of March. (Note: I live in the Netherlands.) When I put the seeds in a container/pot, I always make sure to protect it from sudden freezing during the night. I simply put it inside during the night. This all if the temperature is around 0 C.
Give it regularly fresh water but don’t overdo it, especially in the beginning before the seeds start sprouting. It is important that it has enough water but it also needs to be in a warm, light place.
The first oregano leaves you can notice after just a week or two (with proper care). You can decide when it’s time to start using it in the kitchen. Some people like young leaves others prefer bigger ones. In the end of the season, don’t forget to cut it to about 1 cm from the ground. Make sure to do this before the winter hits. It is always handy to place mulch or some other type of protection if you want your oregano to grow back (this only if you replanted oregano from the container to the garden; I keep mine in the kitchen as I use it very often).
Oregano gets along with almost all other vegetables from your garden.
Where and how to use it?
- Italian food is just not Italian food without oregano! Agree? You can sprinkle it over your pizza, add it at the end of cooking of tomato sauce…
- My personal favourite: use it fresh in the salad! It compliments any type of fresh vegetables salad and the best is to mix it in the salad dressing with olive oil.
- Cashew cheese: when you make your own cashew cheese, you can add a bit of your oregano in it. Not too much though.
- Why not having your own homemade dried oregano? Simply tie the leaves to each other with a rope and hang them upside-down on a sunny place with a slight draft. Dried oregano will last a few months.
- Enrich the flavour of your lunch box or sandwiches. Place it instead of lettuce and enjoy another flavour of your sandwich.
I hope I helped and/or inspired you to try growing your own oregano. If you have already done this, please share your ideas and experience for both growing and using it. And share this article so that other people get inspired too. Thank you!