Marjoram: Freshen Up Your Dash Stash

by : Beth R. on Feb 25, 2016
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Spice #2: Marjoram
Think of marjoram as a slightly sweeter oregano.  In fact, marjoram is a type of oregano.  But marjoram is more delicate and floral, lacking the abrasiveness and intensity of oregano.  Marjoram's also a member of the Mint family, enhancing salad dressings, soups, stews and poultry.  It's an herb that definitely deserves some love in your spice arsenal.

About Marjoram:
  • You're most likely familiar with marjoram's flavor even if you don't think you've had it before.  Marjoram is oftentimes found in popular herb blends like herbs de Provence.
  • A symbol of happiness to the Greeks and Romans, both civilizations would crown bridal couples with wreaths of marjoram to symbolize love and joy.
  • Marjoram has often been used as a steam inhalant to clear the sinuses and relieve laryngitis.  European singers have preserved their voices with marjoram tea and honey for centuries.
Pairs Well With:  Artichokes, basil, cinnamon, cumin, eggplant, fennel, garlic, mushrooms, onion, oregano, parsley, poultry, thyme

Preparing & Storing Marjoram:
  • Marjoram is best used fresh rather than dried.  Its leaves are what give it a sweet and mild flavor.  For this reason, it's best to add them to your dish at the last possible moment.
  • When you're ready to cook with marjoram, separate the leaves from teh stems and chop the leaves as the recipe instructs.
  • To store fresh marjoram, roll it up in a damp paper towel, loosely wrap it in plastic wrap and throw it in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.
Recipes to Try with Marjoram:
  • Pairing well with poultry and tomatoes, use fresh marjoram in this Chicken Cacciatore Soup recipe.
  • Marjoram can easily replace basil in many recipes try it with our Tomato Basil Soup
  • Try replacing fresh oregano with fresh marjoram in your favorite salad dressing recipe like in Tuscan Bread Salad.

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