Greek oregano (Origanum heracleoticum)
The name of this genus originates from the Greek language and means “beauty and splendor of the mountains”. Heracleoticum, the Latin name of the species, refers to the Greek city of Herácleia, probably today’s Heraklion in Crete. It is commonly known as Greek oregano.
This perennial plant is native to the Mediterranean region and is characterized by its tangy fragrance and peppery notes. Its flowers are purple and pink.
Various medicinal applications have been known since ancient times: Teas and decoctions were used to treat colds and indigestion, and people also appreciated the antiseptic effect of the leaves and stems.
Oregano is often included in gardens as an ornamental plant and is otherwise widely used in the culinary field. The aromas and flavors of its leaves have made it a popular ingredient in Greek, Italian, Indian and Mexican cuisine. Thus, it has spread further and further throughout the world and is appreciated everywhere for its diverse properties.