On this week's edition of Garden Goodies, Neena Pacholke and Brad Hanson got a little taste of Italy thanks to Justin Loew's garden!
The Wake Up Wisconsin crew enjoyed a simple entrée of stir-fried oregano and garlic shrimp over a bed of oregano and garlic fettucine.
Oregano is an herb in the mint family. It is easy to grow and spreads out but is not as aggressive as regular mints.
Justin plants his oregano in areas where it will not compete with other plants and herbs where the soil or sunlight conditions are not as ideal as in other locations. It will of course grow better in better locations, but it is a tough plant and there is not much need to care for it as meticulously as other annual or perennial vegetables.
If you don't mind "weeding it out" then just go ahead and plant it anywhere and you will have a lot of oregano!
Many people claim oregano oil has medicinal properties, particularly in combating bacterial and viral infections, although these attributes have not been rigorously proven.
- Pick about a 1 cup of oregano leaves (a loosely filled cup).
- Chop the oregano finely.
- Use half of the oregano to stir fry the shrimp in olive oil along with 2 cloves of crushed garlic and salt to taste.
- Use the other half of the oregano, 1 clove crushed garlic, and ample olive oil to toss in with the fettucine.
- Salt mixture to taste.
- Top with grated parmesan cheese."