The Italians may love their oregano, but its cousin marjoram is preferred by the French. Curtis makes exceptional use of this sweet pine and citrus flavored herb in his recipe for Grilled Pork Chops. Read on to learn what makes this herb so superb.
Origins and Folklore
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Marjoram enjoys a long and favorable history. Both the ancient Greeks and Romans would crown bridal couples with wreaths of marjoram to symbolize love, honor and happiness. To ancient Egyptians, marjoram was considered a symbol of happiness.
How to Grow
Marjoram prospers in dry regions and grows 2 to 4 feet in height. Don't let the height fool you; marjoram can be grown as a houseplant while still small.
Placed in a sunny windowsill, you can enjoy this aromatic herb during the cold months and move it outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. If you have limited gardening space, try planting marjoram in a container on your patio or deck.
Marjoram is considered "the heart and soul" of Mediterranean cuisine. Best used fresh, this herb is a great addition to many dishes, including soups, stews, vegetables, stuffing, and salads. Marjoram is also a signature ingredient to poultry stuffing.
If you want to use dried marjoram, it is best used to flavor sauces and a good option for slow-cooking stews and sauces.
Marjoram is also used in perfumes and makes a fragrant bath.
Chef Stone's Recipe
Try these delicious recipes to experiment with Marjoram.
Oven-Roasted Organic Chicken With Garlic Marjoram Butter
Grilled Pork Chops With Roasted Yams and Marjoram