If you’re deciding which fresh herbs to grow – I recommend you include marjoram – here’s why.
Marjoram is one of the most useful in your herb garden. It’s one of the main ingredients in mixed herb mixes but nothing compares to the fresh deep aroma from this little soft bush with it’s tiny flowers attractive to butterflies and insects.
Otherwise known as wild oregano it grows wild on the Greek hills.
This little fragrant friend is a healthy diet hero with just 2 tablespoons packing a nutritional punch; providing 6% Vitamin A, 18% Iron, 8% calcium & 3.5% Vitamin C of your RDA.
If you’re inspired to include marjoram in your herb garden here’s another 5 reasons why.
- Marjoram was made for meat – combine with Garlic and it makes the perfect stuffing for Lamb. that’s why we included it in our Meat Lovers Herb Kit.
- Place the stalks in a bottle of olive oil with/without garlic for a beautifully flavoured oil.
- Use as an alternative to sage when making sauces and stuffings for chicken and turkey.
- Finely chopped marjoram is the perfect partner in a tomato sauce for pasta or pizza topping.
- Digestive Tea – grind 2 teaspoons of fresh marjoram for every 7ml water. Simmer for 10-15mins. Drink 2-4 cups over a 2 hours period to calm the digestive system, relieve nausea and improve appetite.
Growing & Care
Marjoram is great herb for the beginner grower – it’s a pretty hardy wee soul so don’t worry if you forget to water now and again.
Marjoram is great for growing as a house plant indoors.
If growing for the herb garden, it’s best to sow seed indoors (following instructions on the seed packet) until propagated and then move outside.
Plant / place in a sunny location in well-drained soil.
Marjoram dries really well whilst retaining most of its fragrance. Hang in bunches to air dry then strip the stems and store in an air-tight container. Alternatively you can oven-dry on a very low heat for 2-3 hrs.