How To Dehydrate Oregano
Oregano is one of my favorite herbs along with basil and garlic. I grew up with a step-father that was Italian. The Italian seasoning flavors were a big part of most meals. To this day one of my favorite dinners is lasagna with antipasto salad. We ate a lot of stuffed bell peppers, Italian sausage, calzone, and rigatoni. If we weren’t eating Italian, we were eating Mexican or Southern foods, but that those are different seasoning groups and stories for other posts. Today, I am going to dehydrate oregano. I’m making some pizza later! Most herb mixes use oregano. It is a staple in Italian-American cuisine. American soldiers brought it back with them after WWII. Mostly found in pizza seasoning or spaghetti tomato sauce. Oregano is great in meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Dried Oregano is one of the most popular herbs.
Oregano’s origin is Western and South Western Eurasia and the Mediterranean. When oregano blooms, the flowers are purple. It is a member of the mint family and closely related to marjoram and thyme. Other names for oregano is wild marjoram or sweet marjoram. A perennial herb usually planted in early spring. It thrives in hot dry climates. In dry soil and full sun.
Dried oregano has a better flavor then using fresh.
I use a NESCO FD-60 Snack Master Express Food Dehydrator.
Is oregano in one of your flavor groups?
What dishes do you enjoy the flavor?