Oregano is a perennial member of the mint family that is native to the Mediterranean region, as well as South America, Asia and Europe. The herb is widely used in Indian, Moroccan, Spanish, Mexican, Italian and Greek cuisines. Although oregano is generally thought of in most of the world as the standard pizza sauce seasoning, the flavor profile of the herb varies depending on species. The oregano featured so prominently in Italian cooking is actually Greek oregano, which is also cultivated in Italy and Egypt. Mexican oregano, on the other hand, which is native to Mexico, Central and South America, lends a milder and slightly lemony flavor to foods.
Greek oregano, also known as Mediterranean oregano, is native to and cultivated throughout Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Italy.
This is the classic “pizza herb” most people are familiar with. It also pairs well with meats, rice, vegetable and cheese dishes and tomato-based soups and stews.