Good morning everyone. I am here again to talk to you about the benefits of our favorite herbs.
Today, I want to talk about a staple in everyone's kitchen...
A cousin of marjoram and thyme, pungent oregano has small leaves that taste flavorful fresh or dried. Oregano means "Mountain Joy" and is a wonderfully aromatic, flavorful herb popularly used in Spanish and Mediterranean cooking.
Gram for gram, oregano offers more antioxidents (including rosmarinic acid) than any other herb, as well as most fruits and vegetables. Research shows that "...On a per gram fresh weight basis, oregano has demonstrated 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries."
Oregano is also a rich natural source of vitamin K, an important vitamin that is often overlooked.
Whisk minced oregano leaves in to a salad dressing, or combine it with olive oil, lemon slices, olives, and capers to make a marinade for chicken or fish. Don't forget to spice up that spaghetti sauce with oregano for an extra dose of antioxidents and a kick of vitamin K.