Oregano is a perennial growing to 20 inches, with purple flowers and spade-shaped, olive-green leaves. It prefers a hot, relatively dry climate, but will do well in other environments. To cultivate, it should be planted in fairly dry soil, with full sun. The plants should be spaced 12 inches apart .
Oregano, a culinary herb, is grown for its leaves and is used either fresh or dried. It has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste, which can vary in intensity. Factors such as climate, seasons and soil composition may affect the aromatic oils present. The quantities of Oregano produced in Uganda is quite limited.
Oregano local market mainly include spice shops and supermarkets and it is also being exported to the following countries:
- Sultanate of Oman
Uses of the plant
- Oregano is a spice that belongs to the mint family, hardy and easy to grow.
- Oregano can be used in cooking.
- For medicinal purposes herbal medicine to aid in digestion and stimulate the appétit.
- Oregano is used in craft projects.
- Oregano oil is used in aromatherapy and for cosmetics.
Districts that grow oregano
- Luwero District
- Mpigi District
- Buikwe District
- Masaka District
- Lugazi District