Sweet Marjoram is a
Mediterranean native that provides a sweet oregano flavor (rather than
spicy). Often just referred to as Marjoram, it was once in a different
genus and referred to as Marjorana hortensius. Like most Mediterranean
natives it likes great drainage and full sun. The small, felty gray
leaves are more flavorful before it blooms. The blooms are notted, thus
the common name Knotted Marjoram much like those of
Cretan Oregano, but the flavor is
closer to Italian Oregano. Because
Sweet Marjoram is a tender perennial, Italian Oregano is a better
choice for those in colder climates.
If it is too cold in your area to keep
Sweet Marjoram outside in the winter, you might try growing it in a container. Place it outside through the growing season
and bring it indoors before the first frost. Read our Growing Herbs Indoors
page for more information.
Leaves of Sweet Marjoram may be used fresh or
dried. Try adding to eggs, tomato sauce or steep in vinegar to make a
salad dressing or marinade.
Sweet Marjoram would make a great
addition to our Small Space Herb Garden Six