Fresh or dried, marjoram is a favorite for the culinary world. It is popular in middle eastern cuisine and is a flavor synonymous with oregano. In fact it originated in this area, specifically around Turkey. With the flavor of citrus and pine, it is an aromatic herb grown and used in many savory recipes and for its essential oil.
Marjoram is excellent in adding flavor to soups, vegetable dishes and roasted dishes. Substitute it in any dish that calls for oregano if you desire a slightly sweeter taste.
Benefits of Marjoram
Marjoram is surprisingly good for your heart by assisting in regulating your blood pressure. It is also a big help in reducing cholesterol, by giving you a defense against heart disease and cardiovascular problems.
Marjoram helps to improve your digestive functions by aiding in the breakdown of food. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties which aid in reducing the occupancy of food poisoning, and viruses. It even has antifungal properties to help protect against the growth of yeast and other fungus type organisms.
It has the ability to aid in controlling inflammation and help with conditions like muscle aches and pains. Marjoram can also help with reducing the risk of developing asthma and migraines.
It is a beneficial herbal supplement to have around in the form of essential oil to help heighten your mood and help with insomnia. The last time you used marjoram, you probably thought you were just adding a little flavor to one of your recipes. In all actuality, you were taking your medicine!
How to Grow Marjoram
It is a lovely herb that provides a beautiful addition to any garden. The butterflies adore it and so do the insects, making it a dual purpose plant. It simultaneously can help to pollinate plants and attract butterflies for entertainment.
Marjoram is not difficult to grow indoors if you live in colder climates and is not picky about the environment in which to plant it. If you choose to plant in the ground, make sure it is a warm climate with sun, loose soil and good drainage.
Don’t over water Marjoram, as it only requires loose sandy soil. Keep it on the dry side so as not to cause root rot. Marjoram needs plenty of sun to thrive, so if you place it indoors in the winter, make sure it is a well-lit space with lots of natural light.
Marjoram is a great herb to have on hand for its appearance as well as its abundant health properties. It’s a lovely plant to keep in your kitchen herb garden ready for use if you need the bright flavor of citrus with a hint of pine.