Monday, 15 July 2013

Oregano ...

I have been talking to people about Oregano ...

Here you collect it in June/July its free and grows everywhere. My man for this kind of thing is Vasilis Koralis. He picks me some every year from his secret supply up in the hills, far away from the dog walkers.

Just the other day he delivered my 2013 consignment, this time in full view of the public. Some were rather amazed that it did not arrive in a jar, or a cellophane packet like the factory version.

Skiathos wild oregano, is mighty strong stuff, its pungent heady aroma filling the kitchen with a fragrant scent, that someone outside the window said, 'that smells like someone has spilt some dried herbs' ...

If only they knew what was going on a few feet away ...

Here is the fresh oregano, that has been dried outside, in the Skiathos sunlight, luckily out of the breeze.


Like Aladdin's lamp you rub it gently to get a response. Its best to do this a few times, just to make sure you do not have any twigs in the dried leaves concealed in your harvest ...


You are left with a nice sized pile of leaves, the twigs the ladies say can be used as a 'bouquet garni' in soup or stews. After a quick whiz in the food processor or blender, you have a year's supply of lovely oregano for your Greek salads or soups ...

A half litre jar of fresh oregano ...
Even now - some hours later my hands - even after numerous washes, Still have the scent of what must be an oil in the dried leaves. As I said, its mighty strong stuff ...

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4 comments:

  1. You are stirring up memories. Thanks.

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  2. No I am chopping up Oregano :)

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  3. I've seen Vasilis wandering down from Evangelistra on several occasions laden with herbs - nice to put a name to a face!

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    1. I sat on the bus coming back to town from Evangalistra one day when a local gent sat beside me with a bundle of oregano in his hand. The aroma was divine :))

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