I have thoroughly been enjoying my herb garden and being that it's my first real attempt at one I am proud of my efforts. This year I decided to grow herbs that were familiar to me. This would allow me to feel more in control and strengthen my self-efficacy for growing new and unusual herbs next year.
Greek oregano is one herb that has been doing wonderfully all summer and has in the last few weeks begun to flower. Small clusters of purple and white flowers adorn this fragrant delicate green plant attracting many beneficials including bees and moths. There is never a moment in the day when these flowers are left alone.
If you've ever tried oregano you know that its flavor is unique and pairs nicely with Italian cuisine. The herb tastes great fresh and also dries very well. When pruning your garden to keep your plants nice and bushy, keep those flowers for use in the kitchen (they're edible!). They are mild and taste softly of oregano; beautiful and delicious. Oregano flowers can also be steeped and used as a tea for coughs and sore throats. Store the dried leaves and flowers separately for later use.
When cooking with these delicate flowers you'll want to preserve their form and pastel hue. Therefore they are best suited as a garnish or added to your dish just before serving. Below is my first recipe for utilizing oregano flowers in the kitchen and because it passed the taste-test I had to share it with you all. Although fresh may be more visually appealing, dried flowers would taste just as good. In fact, dried oregano flowers are captured in the picture above and as you can see are still just as vibrant. I hope you enjoy!
Grilled Caprese Pizza with Oregano Flowers
- 12-inch flatbread
- Fresh mozzarella cheese- thinly sliced
- Fresh tomatoes- thinly sliced
- Fresh basil leaves- cut into strips
- Olive oil
- 1 clove garlic- minced
- Oregano flowers- fresh or dried, for garnish
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil with minced garlic and spread on flatbread. Then top flatbread with a layer each of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Place on the grill at medium heat until cheese has melted and crust is slightly browned, approximately 12-15 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano flowers just before serving.
Want more?! Check out my Top 7 Reasons to Grow and Use Fresh Herbs plus some delicious food/herb pairings.