The Pull of Wild Marjoram

Mmmmm sweet marjoram, I may grow it on my terrace and the old ladies in the village in their orto but the pull of one of Abruzzo’s  fav aromatic herbs  is outdone by  that of the scrubby wild patch  of wild marjoram, actually more commonly known as oregano, which  grows  just outside Bascianella in nearby hedgerows.   Its beautiful flowers are always heavy with winged life.

Sweet marjoram may be delicate with citrus and pine notes that even in the winter perk up soups and sauces and meat, but in the height of summer it’s the zesty pepperiness of oregano that has the pulling power and it’s easy to see why the Greeks called it oros ganos – joy-of-the-mountain.

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 11 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance travel and food web content manager and copywriter and EFL teacher - she is the founder of English in the Woods. She is the co-founder of the social enterprises: The Abruzzo Blogger Community and Let's Blog Abruzzo. She is currently writing the book 'Abruzzo: Folk and Food.

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