Cultural or Geographic History
Sweet marjoram, usually grown as an annual, is one of the most fragrant and popular of all herbs. It has small, oval, gray-green leaves that are velvety to the touch. The ancient Greeks believed that if marjoram grew on the grave, the deceased would enjoy eternal peace and happiness.
Marjoram has a subtle lemon flavor with hint of balsalm and is more delicate than oregano.
Recommendations for Use
- Use in pasta sauces or with Italian type dishes
- Veal, pork roasts, ground beef as in meatloaf and shepard's pie, and grilling or baking fish
- Can be used in egg dishes and omelets
- An essential ingredient for poultry stuffing
- To season vegetable dishes and soups
- Great accompaniment for lamb stew, marinade or herb butter
Recommendations for Combinations
- Used in Herbes de Provence: a classic combination of thyme, chervil, rosemary, summer savory, lavender, tarragon, marjoram, oregano, mint and bay leaves often used for seasoning meat.