Italian cuisine gets much of its considerable zest from oregano. The spice ajwain has notes of oregano amongst anise and black pepper in its profile. Oregano is part of the mint family, native to Eurasia and the East Mediterranean region.
It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, often used to treat respiratory tract infections.
The ancient Greeks believed that Aphrodite invented oregano to give to your man to make him happier. Perhaps we all need a little bit of oregano.
After the second world war, it arrived in America by soldiers who came across it during the Italian campaign. It is considered more flavourful when dried than when fresh. It is considered a powerful antiseptic.
Folklore myths suggested oregano mixed with olive oil would cure baldness by rubbing it on your head. People would also grow it near their home to protect from evil. In the Greek translation, it means "joy of the mountains".
Oregano is another herb placed under your pillow to bring on psychic dreams.
Chief flavour profile
Thymol: (thyme, penetrating and cooling) is a flavour compound found in Oregano. Individuals often detect a similarity between oregano and nigella because of a medicinal tasting compound they both shares. Bay, nutmeg and nigella all compliment the oregano profile.
Complex, zesty and aromatic, this beautiful mixed herb blend is a variant of a lost recipe from a 13th century medieval Arabian cookbook, with the literal translation meaning ‘bouquet’ or ‘bunch’ of herbs. Playing homage to the ancient trade of herbs, adding a little sprinkle will bring a fresh and luscious zing to savoury dishes like omelettes, baked beans on toast, pasta, soups and cheese toasties. Reaching for Bāqa will soon be like second nature.
An exceptionally balanced and versatile Mediterranean base blend. Sofrito is a multi-ingredient preparation that contains nutrients that are beneficial for the body. The bioactive compounds found in sofrito included polyphenols, carotenoids, and Vitamin C. Numerous studies have shown that consumption of these nutrients can lower the risk of various cancers and heart disease. Not only do studies show that we do not need rarefied super-foods to maintain our nutritional health, but it also highlights the simple yet oh-so-flavorsome additions this blend can add to everyday dishes.
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