Fresh Oregano

Fresh oregano is an aromatic culinary herb commonly used in Mediterranean and Mexican cooking. Derived from the plant Origanum vulgare, it is characterized by its small green leaves and distinctive earthy, peppery flavor. Known for its strong taste, fresh oregano can be added to a variety of dishes ranging from savory sauces and stews to meat and vegetable dishes. To maintain the freshness and flavor, oregano is best stored wrapped in a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Once cooked, fresh oregano imparts subtle, warm undertones that enhance the overall taste and complexity of a dish.
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Fresh Oregano FAQ
Often, people find using fresh oregano challenging compared to its dried alternative because the flavor is stronger and it can sometimes be overpowering if used incorrectly. A common mistake is using fresh oregano and dried oregano interchangeably in the same amounts. Fresh oregano has more moisture and as a result, less concentrated flavor, meaning you'll typically need to use more fresh oregano compared to dried for the same result. Additionally, fresh oregano should ideally be added towards the end of the cooking process; exposing it to heat for too long can degrade its flavor. To get the most out of fresh oregano, remember to chop it finely to release more of its aromatic oils. Another interesting tip is to rub the leaves in between your fingers before adding it to your dish to further release these oils and maximize flavor.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does fresh oregano expire?
Unopened fresh oregano can last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. However, since it's fresh produce, the 'best by' date on the packaging is merely a recommendation and it may last shorter or longer depending on the freshness at the time of purchase. Once it's unwrapped and exposed to air, it tends to wilt and brown within a week. Fresh oregano can also be frozen in ice cube trays with olive oil to extend its shelf life up to 6 months.
How do you tell if fresh oregano is bad?
Looking at the color and smelling the fresh oregano is a good way to tell if it has gone bad. Healthy oregano leaves should be bright green and have a strong scent. If you notice that the leaves have turned dark brown or black and the strong oregano smell has faded or become unpleasant, it's probably past its prime and should be thrown out.
Tips for storing fresh oregano to extend shelf life
• Always store fresh oregano in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness. • Wrap the fresh herbs in a slightly damp paper towel before storing in a plastic bag. The moisture helps keep the herb from drying out. • Avoid washing the herb prior to storage as water can accelerate the growth of mold and bacteria. • For longer-term storage, freeze the oregano in ice cube trays with olive oil. Just drop the cubes directly in your cooking pot when needed.
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