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Spotlight Spice: Marjoram Leaf

Marjoram Leaf

This week we’re shining the spotlight on an underdog of the Herbs aisle – Marjoram Leaf. This herb is closely related oregano. In fact, Mediterranean Oregano is sometimes called wild marjoram. Marjoram even tastes a bit like oregano but is much more delicate. You’ll notice it’s sweeter than oregano and features a piney, slightly citrusy flavor.

Marjoram is indigenous to the Mediterranean and was a symbol of happiness in ancient times. It was used in a variety of medicines and was even known to be included in love potions. Bridal couples in Greece and Rome wore crowns of the herb at their weddings as it was thought to lead to a long, happy marriage.

A staple in the cuisines of France and Italy, today the herb is popular throughout the world. It’s often used similarly to oregano and thyme in dishes. It’s a nice addition to salad dressings and is well suited for seasoning vegetables like eggplant, peppers, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. In Italian cooking, you’ll commonly find it included in tomato sauces. Marjoram also works well with a variety of seafood dishes and is often included in poultry stuffing recipes. It’s great in pork and lamb dishes too.

Several of our AllSpice blends incorporate the herb, including our:

When using the herb solo, we recommend adding it toward the end of the cooking process so it retains a majority of its flavor.

If this herb isn’t already a staple in your spice rack, give it a shot. You’ll find it in the shop or in the Herbs section of allspiceonline.com.

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