Oregano and its relative Marjoram are very similar in appearance and culture, however Marjoram is more delicate. The difference lies in their uses in the kitchen.
The popularity of Oregano in the United States did not emerge until the soldiers of World War II returning from campaigns in Italy brought home the flavors of the pizza and tomato sauces they had grown to love while being there; which explains its nickname “The Pizza Herb”. It is perfect for tomato, egg, or cheese dishes, or garlicky food where its sharp taste is not overpowering. It is a hardy perennial in zone 5.
Marjoram on the other hand, is a more tender plant, grown as an annual in zone 5. It has smaller leaves and a milder taste. It is often used in rice dishes, butter sauces, and poultry recipes. Marjoram grows wild in the Mediterranean where is has been adored for centuries.
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