Quick Facts

Flavor: Similar to oregano but slightly sweeter. Grassy.  

Use with: Mild-flavored, fresh ingredients. 

wild marjoram plant

History of Marjoram

Marjoram originated in the Mediterranean. As time went on, love for the herb spread to Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. During the middle ages, it found its way to Europe! This herb is now very popular in the Caribbean as well, particularly Barbados. 

Marjoram was once thought to symbolize happiness. If it grew on a grave in a cemetery, it was rumored that the departed would find eternal happiness. Another ancient wives tale mentioned that if a woman slept with marjoram under her pillow, she would dream of her future husband while she slept. 

wild marjoram plant

Production of Marjoram

Marjoram and oregano grow on very similar plants, both with white flowers. The best time to harvest the herb is slightly before the flowers bloom fully. If you choose to buy the plant fresh, keep it alive by placing it in a glass of water. Dried marjoram has a stronger taste than buying the plant fresh. 

Flavor and Usage 

As aforementioned, marjoram is great with mild flavored foods. It would pair well with salads, egg dishes, souffles, fish, or vegetables. If attempting to season more heavy recipes like meat, use oregano instead of marjoram.