foods/herbs/spices

9/7/17 — oregano

Immunity Booster:

Oregano

 

Fun Fact:  Oregano is an herb of the mint family.

Fun Fact II:  Oil of oregano has been said to stop yeast growth.

 

Benefits:

  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • provides energy

 

Contains:

  • potassium
  • zinc
  • iron
  • protein
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • fiber
  • B3
  • B6
  • antioxidants (protect your cells from damage)
    • vitamin C
      • helps form collagen
      • holds cells together to promote healthy teeth and gums
    • vitamin E
      • protects red blood cells
      • prevents vitamin C and A destruction in the body

 

Hot Tips:

  • Use oregano in moderation.
  • If you ingest high amounts of oregano, you might get an eczematous rash.
  • If you are eating fresh oregano leaves, purchase bright green, fresh leaves.  (If they are yellow and wilted, don’t buy them.)
  • Eat fresh oregano leaves within 3 days of buying them.
  • Store fresh oregano leaves in the refrigerator in a ventilated plastic bag (poke a few holes with a fork).
  • Wash the oregano leaves right before use.  Wash them under cold running water. Shake off excess water, pat dry with paper towels, and spin in a salad spinner.
  • Use 3 times more fresh oregano leaves than dried oregano leaves if a recipe is calling for a certain amount of dried oregano.
  • When cutting oregano leaves, roll up several leaves tightly and chop perpendicularly to the roll.
  • To preserve fresh oregano leaves’ flavor and appearance, add them no more than 20 minutes before the end of the cooking process.
  • Put sliced oregano leaves on salads, meat, chicken, fish, and pasta.

 

Tomorrow:

Stay tuned for a recipe that contains oregano, grass-fed meat, onions, and black beans!

 

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