Oregano is native to the Mediterranean Region. It comes from the Greek meaning “delight of the mountains”. It was used by the Greeks as compresses for sore muscles and by the Chinese for fever reduction. It is rich in antioxidants (as many as 28 have been noted) and has a slightly bitter taste. Because of its versatility it lends itself well to soups and any meat dish. However it works best with any recipe that includes tomatoes. Use it freely. Better to buy it fresh, whenever possible and dry out and save for future use.