The Ecology of Humans (57-20) Oregano / Marjoram

Oregano / Marjoram

Oregano and marjoram are closely related members of the mint family (Lamiaceae). Marjoram has a more delicate flavor, whereas oregano is more potent: even strong enough to numb the tongue.

Marjoram is indigenous to southern Turkey and Cyprus. To the ancient Greeks and Romans marjoram was a symbol of happiness. Meanwhile, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, and for stomach and respiratory ailments.

Oregano is native to the warm temperate regions of the Mediterranean and western Eurasia. Though widely used in cuisines in these areas, oregano is most strongly associated with Italian cooking.

Oregano is a strong antioxidant and has antimicrobial activity.