Are your taste buds tired and run down? Wake them up with this reveille of flavor.
Cretan Oregano is very spicy and takes pizza or any other dish
calling for oregano to the next level.
Oregano, Cretan Oregano is easy to grow. The most common problem with growing
Oreganos is that when they flower the leaves
aren't as flavorful.
With Cretan Oregano this is not a problem, both the leaves and
the flowers are used either fresh or dried. The best flavor though is
concentrated in the unopened flower buds which form a tight little knot.
Cut stems about eight inches long once flower heads start to form but
before the flowers have a chance to turn brown. The leaves can still be
used at this point (or any point they are still looking good) but the
flower heads with brown flowers should be discarded. The sturdy sticks of
Cretan Oregano may be dried and bundled for gift giving. Many herbs make simple yet welcome
gifts to those who don't or can't garden.
Cretan Oregano in flower is an amazing beneficial insect attractor
which includes small butterflies. In fact, you might want to grow two
plants. One for you to cut before the flowers open and one to let bloom
for the beneficials and butterflies. Planting herbs like Cretan
Oregano that attract pollinators near the vegetable garden is a
great way to increase production.
If Cretan Oregano
is allowed to flower, it should be pruned when the flowers are spent. We
like to keep our mature Cretan Oreganos at a tidy foot and a half to two
feet tall and about two to two and half feet wide. Newer, smaller plants
should have the flowers pruned and an inch or two of the stem, depending
on size. It should remain evergreen.
The unopened flower stalks can also be used in crafts
like our fresh Herbal Wreath.