Symbol of Happiness

Marjoram herb photoMarjoram (Origanum marjorana) is a very close relative of Oregano, and is a member of the Mint family. It is native to North Africa and Southwest Asia. In ancient Egyptian culture, Marjoram was a symbol of happiness.

Marjoram is easy to grow as a houseplant. After your have enjoyed it all winter, plant it outdoors after all danger of frost. If you have limited space, try this herb in a container on your patio or deck.

Marjoram has milder, sweeter flavour than oregano with perhaps a hint of balsam. It is said to be “the” meat herb but compliments all foods except sweets. Common to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods, marjoram is grown domestically and imported mostly from Egypt.

Culture

Pot size                       6 to 8 inches.

Seed Spacing               Difficult to space because of tiny seeds, spread on the top of soil and scratch into surface (very shallow).

Seed Germination         8 to 14 days.

Plant Spacing                Plants should be spaced 15 to 18 inches (38 - 45cm) apart.

Soil Requirements          Rich and well-drained

Growing Mix                    Mix two parts of potting soil to one part of coarse sand or perlite.

Fertilize                          Do not add fertilizer to Marjoram, and it will produce stronger flavor.

Sun Requirements          Marjoram requires at least 5 hours of sunlight a day.

Water Requirements       Water on a regular schedule, do not overwater.
Uses

Sweet marjoram pictureMarjoram really shines in the kitchen. Marjoram combines well with other seasonings and will enhance so many different dishes. Consider it a natural for meat dishes but don't hesitate to use marjoram to season vegetables served cooked or raw, fish and chicken or dishes with eggs and/or cheese. It is especially good along with other cooking herbs in beef stew.

In China, Sweet Marjoram has traditionally been used both as a folk remedy and as a culinary herb. It is known for its soothing and warming properties and has been used to treat respiratory problems, nervous tension, menstrual and digestive difficulties.



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