Known as the “pizza spice”, oregano adds much more than characteristic pizza flavor – it’s also packed with antioxidants. In fact, dried oregano has 30 times the antioxidant (ORAC) power of blueberries.
There are two primary varieties of this palette-pleasing herb: Mediterranean oregano, which is the dried leaf of Origanum vulgare L., a perennial herb in the Labitae, or mint family; and Mexican oregano – the dried leaf of one of several plants of the Lippia genus.
Oregano is grown in California and New Mexico, as well as the Mediterranean region.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=13,970 (fresh) and 200,129 (dried)
Selecting and Storing Oregano
Oregano should be stored in a cool, dark place for no more than 6 months.