CAS Number: 8007-11-2 ; 84012-24-8
FEMA Number: 2828
EINECS Number: 281-670-3
Paras Code: PEO1121
Oregano is a very close relative of Marjoram, so much so there is some confusion in the cross-pollination of their names: what is known as Marjoram in Britain turns up as oregano in Italy! This is the pungently aromatic herb ofrnsouthern Italy, the one that is used, mainly in its dried form, flavour pizzas and tomato sauces. Indeed, Greek cooksrnare convinced that dried oregano - rigani - is best used in dried and whatu2019s more is the only herb worth drying!
The plant originates from Mediterranean region, where it pungency is in direct proportion with its quota of sun. It is a traditional ingredient of Mexican chilli powder and has long been used as a flavouring for chilli sauces and chilli beans.
The hardy annual grows to a height of about 20 cm, with woody stems and dark green leaves around 20 mm long. The flowers borne on long spikes are small and white in colour.
Warm, spicy, herbaceous-green odour.
Pale yellow to reddish brown colored liquid.