It is the leaf of the plant origanum, a member of the mint family. Oregano is aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste.
Used in Italian-American cuisine. Can also be used in soups, stews, meat/chicken marinades and even in pizza, spaghetti and meatballs/burger patties.
Tips and Techniques
Oregano is commonly combined with olive oil to create flavorful oregano oil, Italian vinaigrettes, and marinades for lamb, chicken, and beef dishes. Other ingredients that pair well with oregano include garlic, basil, onion, and thyme.