Marjoram: Oregano’s Forgotten Cousin

Marjoram

Marjoram is indigenous to northern Africa and is a relative of oregano. The cultivation of this herb is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region, namely Cyprus and Turkey. Both marjoram and oregano are of the Origanum genus and in parts of Europe, what we refer to as oregano is called “wild marjoram” while marjoram is called “sweet marjoram.” It was used for healing disinfection and for preserving in ancient Egypt; it was also used by both the Greeks and the Romans to symbolize happiness. The Greeks used marjoram in their wreaths and garlands called it “joy of the mountain.”

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Thyme: A Truly Timeless Ancient Herb

Thyme

Thyme is an ancient evergreen herb that has been renowned for its myriad uses for thousands and thousands of years. In addition to its value as a culinary herb, it is also known for uses both medicinal and ornamental. It is a member of the mint family and a relative of oregano.

While there are several varieties of thyme, common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is the variety that typically keeps a prime place on your spice rack.

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