Archive | June 15, 2009

Oregano

I am thinking of re-planting the row of oregano we have in our small garden. Some of the branches have grown so tall and they need to be trimmed before the rainy months set in for good. They are mixed with a few bulbs of caladium. The latter are now beginning to show new shoots. This is the best time for these caladium plants to be cultivated in areas where there is morning sun. I like them interspersed with the oregano though, they make an interesting sight, pure golden shade of green and the pinkish and white hue of the caladium.

Oregano wine, oregano juice, oregano tea, oregano vinegar. These are the potential products that can be derived from the Philippine oregano. Coleus Aromaticus is the common variety which is usually found in the Philippines. It is not commonly used in cooking but it is considered as a primary medicinal plant for the relief of common coughs. My mom swears by the efficacy of this plant. Every time she has colds and cough, she makes an infusion of the fresh oregano leaves. It has an intense aromatic and slightly bitter taste.

In a study conducted by Dr. Estela Tano of the Dept. of Agriculture, oregano contains carminative, tonic and medicinal properties. Rosmarinic acid compound and thymol found in oregano are responsible for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-fungal properties.

IMGP2390Other species of oregano are used as culinary herb particularly in Greek and Italian cuisine. Pizza is one such dish that is commonly associated with oregano.

Hmm…I am just thinking right now of Viva Italian pizza.