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Mexican Oregano

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Mexican Oregano comes from the verbena family. In New Mexico and California, the leaves of several plants in the Lippia genus are harvested and dried before use. Oregano is actually a particular herb flavor, rather than a particular herb. There are several species in different families that impart this particular flavor and are known as oregano. 

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Mexican Oregano Q & A

What is Mexican Oregano?

Mexican oregano comes from the Lippia graveolens plant, an herb that is related to lemon verbena. The plant has oval-shaped green leaves and small white flower and its flavor is pungent with a slightly citrus note.

What is a good substitute for Mexican Oregano?

Other varieties of oregano including Greek can be substituted for Mexican oregano. Marjoram is actually a type of oregano and offers a similar flavor, although it is more delicate and sweeter. Depending on the dish you are making, other herbs commonly found in Italian seasoning including thyme and basil can also be used in place of oregano.

What does Mexican oregano taste like?

While the visual characteristics of Mexican oregano are similar to that of Greek oregano their aroma and taste have distinctly different qualities. Mexican oregano is a bit stronger, less bitter and less minty than the Greek species.

Cooking With Mexican Oregano

Commonly used in southwestern and Mexican cooking, add this herb to salsas, taco and burrito fillings, beans, and soups. Combine Mexican oregano with chili powder for a seasoning for chile con carne and other slow cooking stews. When substituting dry herbs for fresh, use 1/3 of the amount specified.

Other Names

Wild Marjoram

Puerto Rican oregano

Lippia graveolens

Quick Uses

Croutons: Toss 1/2-inch cubed bread in enough melted butter to lightly coat, and sprinkle generously with Mexican Oregano before baking at 350 degrees until golden and crispy.

Breakfast Hash: Add generously to potatoes, eggs, sausage, and your favorite vegetables to brighten up a hearty breakfast.

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