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10 Must-have Herbs and Spices in American Kitchens

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Oregano

Oregano is popular in Mediterranean cooking and has a distinct aroma.
Oregano is popular in Mediterranean cooking and has a distinct aroma.
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Oregano is a herb that's native to Europe, and it plays an important role in Mediterranean cuisine. Settlers brought oregano plants to North America in the 16th century, though it's popularity didn't really take off until pizza gained popularity with consumers after World War II. Oregano's earthy, warm aroma is distinct -- besides pizza and Mediterranean food, the herb is used in a variety of dishes ranging from sauces to chili. Due to its strong flavor and smell, it's best to pair oregano with other bold flavors, or it could end up dominating the dish.

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