Growing and Cooking with Marjoram

Bloch’s Farm Green Lake, WI

Marjoram Origanum marjorana is an herb used for culinary purposes, health benefits, and aromatherapy. This year at Bloch’s Farm we are growing Marjoram along with our other herbs and vegetables. Not to be confused with its close cousin Oregano, Marjoram has a milder sweeter taste. Marjoram originated from Greece where it was used to make wreaths and in wedding arrangements. Aphrodite the goddess of love was said to have worn wreaths made from Marjoram. It can grow up to 10-12 inches tall and has woody square stems with an upright appearance.

            Many health benefits are found with this herb. Marjoram contains compounds that have effective antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It may help improve overall cardiovascular health by maintaining normal blood pressure levels which reduces the risk of hypertension. It is also known to help reduce the buildup of cholesterol in arteries which can prevent heart disease. Marjoram leaves can easily be seeped to make tea. When added to food it also may help reduce the risk of developing inflammatory reactions, and in the essential oil form it may help uplift mood and improve psychological wellbeing. Marjoram can also be used to help relieve insomnia and reduce stress and anxiety.

Use Marjoram in the kitchen by adding it to different dishes. Including, soups, roasted meats, sautéed vegetables and marinades to add more flavor and aroma. Plant Marjoram in a sunny well-drained area in the garden, in a patio container, or inside the house by a sunny windowsill. When planted in the garden it attracts beneficial insects such as butterflies and pollinator bees. The best time to harvest Marjoram is right before it goes to seed.

Here at Bloch’s Farm we just finished planting our first crop of Organic Herbs for the season. Remember we are opening April 22nd, we can’t wait to see you!  Please call with any questions 920-294-6000. Also feel free to email me at marie@blochsfarm.com. Check out our website www.blochsfarm.com ‘like’ us on Facebook for more great gardening tips.

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