Oregano is one of our most frequently used herbs. I use it in Italian Seasoning, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, soups, stews and many other recipes. It’s a good thing it’s so easy to grow! In fact, even in our prairie climate, it usually comes back year after year all on its own. The only thing I need to do is cut and dry it. I love that!
Harvest oregano just before the flowers start forming, that’s when it will have the best, most intense flavor. However, it’s not too late to harvest and dry your oregano if you already have some flowers. Here’s a brief video showing how to cut oregano.
Oregano grows very quickly and can withstand rigorous pruning. It’s so quick, I can often get 2 to 3 harvests in one season.
How to Cut and Dry Oregano
1. When I cut oregano, I’m not too fussy. As long as there’s an inch or two of greenery left at the bottom, I know it will grow back. I use kitchen scissors and cut several stems at once, about an inch or two above ground level.