Latin Name: Origanum majorana syn. Majorana hortensis, Majorana majorana.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Other Names: Sweet Marjoram, Knotted Marjoram, Garden Marjoram, Gartenmajoran, Amáraco, Almáraco, Mejorano, Marjolaine, Majoran, Mejram, Maggiorana, Marwa, Marzanjush & Majorane.
Description: Marjoram is an aromatic, woody perennial herb native to Cyprus and the southern part of Turkey and can be found growing in surrounding Mediterranean countries and in Southern Europe. It grows to a height of 40-50cm; the leaves are 2-3cm in length, oval, glaucous green in colour with a fine downy coating. The 2-lipped flowers are approximately 3mm in length and white to pale pink in colour. Marjorams flavour is soft and sweet tasting like thyme, sage and rosemary all rolled into one.
Marjoram contains a naturally occurring source of salicylates and is best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet.
Marjoram is used in herb blends such as herbes de Provence and the middle eastern blend za'atar. Marjoram works well with eggs, cheese, fish, meat and poultry; use it to flavour quiches, frittatas, savoury tarts, pizzas and pasta. Add to stuffing’s and savoury crumbles, sprinkle onto salads and into salad dressings, marjoram enhances the flavour of vegetables including carrots and works especially well with tomatoes. The leaves can be added to pot pourri they combine well with citrus scents.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.