Oregano is listed as a perennial in warm climates and an annual in areas that experience heavy winters. Our gardens are located in southern New York State and it is a perennial in our plot, so it is safe to say it is reasonably hardy.
Oregano , or wild marjoram as it is sometimes called, is an extremely healthy addition to your cuisine. Believe it or not one fresh gram of this herb has four times the antioxidant activity of blueberries, twelve times that of oranges and an astounding forty-two times the antioxidant activity of apples. It has a very high level of vitamin K and is also an above average source of iron, fiber and calcium.
One of the advantages of growing your kitchen garden close to your back door is that it makes it easy to gather fresh herbs and veggies for your meals. Oregano can be served and stored a number of ways but it goes without saying that fresh from the garden is the recommended method. You can also dry it or freeze as well. Both preservation methods allow one to use this medicinal herb deep into the winter months.