Do you know that oregano or the “magic” ingredient in every pizza has many secrets that many people do not know? This ingredient which originally hails from Europe and Central Asia is considered as the “pizza herb because it is used in almost all pizzas to increase the deliciousness quotient. So here are some facts about the meek little oregano which will surprise you.
1. The etymology of the name “Oregano” can be traced back to ancient Greek. In the word, “Oros” means mountain and “Ganos” means joy. According to ancient Greek mythology, the Goddess Aphrodite created the herb as a symbol of joy, and she used to grow it on the Mount Olympus.
2. The herb has some medicinal properties which are now not commonly put to use. In ancient times, the plant was used as a medicine. It can be used to treat eczema, flu, ear infections, fevers and allergies. The plant can also be used in strong ales to keep the drink from turning sour or spoiling.
3. People from the past considered Oregano to be a lucky charm and they carried sachets of the product with them. At the same time, people also used to grow it in their gardens so that it will bring good luck to their home. The herb which was used in love potions, and other rituals since it was known to be lucky and also was related to Goddess Aphrodite.
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4. Oregano was also fed to the cows and goats as they believed that when used as a fodder it will help the cows and goats to produce tastier milk. Similarly, it was also believed by the Ancient Greeks that cows that fed on the plant would have tastier meat that cows that feed on other fodder.
5. Oregano, which is considered as the “pizza herb” is just one of the abundant species of perennial herbs which include Origanum Vulgare, Origanum Syriacum, Lippia Graveolens, Lippia Palmeri, Origanum Heracleoticum, Origanum X Majoricum, Origanum Majorana, Origanum Notes, Coleus Anboinicus, Thymus Nummularius, et cetera.
6. The plant has very high levels of antioxidant properties, and hence it is considered as a functional food product. It also contains high levels of other nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and iron. An amount of 100 g of oregano will provide around 159% of Calcium content, 204% of Iron content, and similarly high levels of Magnesium and vitamins K and B-6 content.