Oregano and Marjoram:
Oregano and marjoram both belong to the same species, origanum; they are small perennial plants, originating in the Mediterranean area, in Asia and Africa, widely used in the kitchen. Origanum vulgare and origanum majorana differ more in size, as marjoram tends to be prostrate, while oregano produces thin erect stems, at the apex of which small flowers bloom in summer. The leaves are very aromatic, and generally they are harvested by cutting the small plants near the ground, as soon as they start to bloom; later they are dried, but can also be harvested in the warm months and used fresh. These small perennials are cultivated in a very sunny place, with a very well drained soil, without water stagnation; the cultivation in an excessively shady place or with very frequent watering makes the leaves less aromatic, and therefore of less interest. In areas with very cold winters, typically these aromatic plants are cultivated in pots, so that they can be moved on the terrace or on the windowsill during the winter, for winter use; in case of intense frost, we cover with non-woven fabric. Often, in order not to have to worry about plants during the winter, they are grown as annuals, sowing them directly in March or April.