Photos of Origanum vulgare, Oregano.

Origanum vulgare, a mint family member, most familiar as a flavoring herb is also well-known for its medicinal properties, particularly antimicrobial activity. The majority of these shots were from wild habitats in Europe. Oregano more properly refers to a flavor rather than one particular plant. Plants known as “oregano” have an essential oil dominated by a phenol known as carvacrol, which has a characteristic fragrance that many associate with “pizza.” Trying to figure out the correct botanical designations of the plants sold “oregano”

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