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Marjoram, Sweet

Annual, oregano

Labiatae Origanum majorana L.
Marjoram, Pot O. onites L.
Marjoram, Wild O. vulgare L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The marjorams are perennial plants, although sweet or annual marjoram, the most important kind, is usually grown as an annual. The plants are 1 to 2 feet in height, with oblong to ovate, somewhat hairy leaves. Leaves and tender stems are fragrant and spicy. They may be cut at intervals during the summer, or the whole young plants may be cut near the ground before the flowers open. Commercially, the cut plants are dried and pulverized. Marjoram is used in flavoring soups, stews, dressings, etc. In the U.S., marjoram is often found in home gardens, but appears not to be grown commercially. About 100,000 pounds of dried marjoram are imported annually, mainly from Mediterranean areas and Mexico.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch