Wild oregano from Ikaria island (70gr. whole branches)



Oregano is the most well-known self-propagating plant of the Greek earth. We meet it on the most wind blown dry  mountains and islands of Greece. Greek oregano [Oreganum Vulgare] is considered to be the best in the world. The exceptionally aromatic oregano we sell is self-propagated from Crete and will add a Mediterranean note to your dish.

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What is oregano?

Oregano is a short bush which stems from a wooden trunk naturally in the wild.The  flowers of the oregano are white rose or violet.It is collected by experienced local people during summer when the plant is in full blossom and full of ethereal oils. Immediately after collection, it is carefully packed in small bunches in order to preserve both the flowers and the leaves.
After collection, the bunches are hung in a shady and well-aired space in order to dry slowly and in a natural way.When the bunches are dry  they are carefully rubbed by hand in order to remove the flowers and the small leaves from the little stems and the big leaves which are at the bottom. The last stage is the shifting with fine sieves in order for the final product to be completely pure and fine and acquire the optimum texture and taste.

The history of oregano.

Oregano is known since antiquity.Its original name was 'Oreganon' which is a composite word of the words Oros[mountain] and Ganos[shiny] and means something which beautifies and brightens the mountains. According to Greek mythology, Venus offered oregano to a human in order to make him happier as the oregano used to be the symbol of joy and happiness and for this reason they used to add little branches of oregano to wedding  wreaths. Hippocrates, the father of medicine used oregano to cure gastric pains and diseases of the respiratory system while Antigonus from Karystos reports that Pelasgi cured their wounds with oregano. Aristotelis has written that if a goat wounded by a hunter ate oregano the wound would heal. Nowadays hunters place fresh oregano inside the guts of their prey in order to keep fresh.

What oregano offers to our health.

Oregano is an excellent pharmaceutical plant.It is a natural antibiotic with antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Oregano, further to its characteristic aroma and taste, has many pharmaceutical properties mainly due to carvacrol which is a natural antibiotic with antibacterial and antioxidant characteristics.Oregano is rich in vitamins, traces, B-carotene, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, asbestos, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, zinc and copper. It is also a rich source of fibers.

We present you three reasons why you must definitely include oregano in your diet.

1.It is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.Its antioxidant action is twelve times more powerful than the orange, thirty times than potato and forty-two times than the apple.

2.It has a powerful analgesic action. Helps in cases of headaches, sore throat, muscular pains and rheumatism. It is also a relief during menstruation.

3.It is rich in iron.Oregano has a very high content of iron and is one of the herbs with the highest content of vitamin C.

All the above information is of a purely informative nature and in no way is medical advice for which the only competent person is your physician.

Ideas to enjoy.
-In cooking as a spice for meat and fish.
-In salads especially Greek salad.
-In pizzas.
-In sauces.
-With honey as a drink which strengthens the immune system.

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