Oregano is a perennial plant by nature, but can often be grown annually in some areas as it is unable to survive cold winters. Many different subspecies of oregano have been cultured by humans through breeding processes to cater to different palates. Some oregano such as the type that is often sold in garden stores, Origanum vulgare, tends to taste bland. It can be recognised by its larger leaves and is not recommended for use in cooking unlike the type sold by aspara which can go directly from our machine straight to your plate (with a bit of washing of course)!
Oregano, like many herbs, is a herb of many different talents. Another important use of oregano is in medicine, as it can treat many ailments such as skin sores, aching muscles, asthma, cramps, and even the common cold. Studies have also pointed to the fact that oregano could play a role in fighting bacteria, relieving inflammation, and even fighting cancer. This is because oregano contains antioxidants, which help the body remove free radicals. These are toxic particles which result from processes that occur in our body naturally as well as changes in our environment. A build up of these would cause oxidative stress in our body, which could lead to cell damage and thus a whole host of diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer. By consuming oregano, you are basically reducing your own risk of cancer!