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Old 07-25-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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Oregano types?

Is Greek Oregano the same as Italian Oregano?

Thanks, Eric, Austin Tx.

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Old 07-25-2008, 08:21 PM   #2
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Yes. And it's different from Mexican oregano.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:28 PM   #3
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It's also impossible to get the real Greek oregano from seed. It must be started from cuttings. It's a very hardy perennial, and easy to grow in a pot, as long as you keep it watered.
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Old 07-27-2008, 07:18 PM   #4
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Here are some interesting Oreganos:

This year we planted some Mexican Oregano that I bought on eBay from a woman who said it washer Abuela's secret ingredient. It was broad-leafed like 1-2 inches and thick and fuzzy like a cactus. Not sure what it really was, it did smell oregano-y. But it died during transplant to the garden.

We also planted (successfully!) "Hot and Spicy Oregano." I thought, 'Right, how hot could it be?" It's HOT! I dropped a sprig in a tomato sauce today and you'd think I had put in chili flakes. Excellent and highly recommended!

I guess I'm not answering the question at all, but the title was "Oregano Types" and I figured someone might appreciate the info!
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Old 07-27-2008, 07:40 PM   #5
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I appreciate the info
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:43 AM   #6
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This is "Mexican Oregano"

Epazote

Not really Oregano at all.

I asked because I can buy "bulk" spices at my local grocer. they have "Greek" oregano, but not "Italian". They have a very good "Italian Blend" of spices that I buy often, but I wanted to see what just strait Oregano would taste like on a Chicken...

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Old 07-28-2008, 07:53 AM   #7
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Epazote and mexican oregano are not the same, they are two different plants.

Mexican oregano, Lippia graveolens (Verbenaceae)

Epazote, Wormseed, Jesuit's Tea, Mexican Tea, or Herba Sancti Marić (Dysphania ambrosioides, formerly Chenopodium ambrosioides)
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This is "Mexican Oregano"

Epazote

Not really Oregano at all..

Andy's right. Epazote and Mexican oregano are not the same thing.


Mediterranean oragano (Turkish, Italian Greek ) is part of the mint family, which also includes marjorma and Thyme.

"Mexican" oregano isn't a member of this family (and isn't epazote) but tastes very much like a stronger, somewhat harsher Mediterranean oregano.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:22 PM   #9
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Aha! Upon further investigation the crazy oregano was Cuban Oregano, and I think it is actually an edible succulent. See it here: PlantFiles: Pictures of Spanish Thyme, Cuban Oregano, Indian Borage (Plectranthus amboinicus)

What do you think of that?
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