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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The difference between oregano and marjoram

The kerbs keeps growing. The oregano and marjoram have tangled up with each other and...fused. And, honestly, I just can't tell the difference between them. They look exactly the same. I mean exactly. They smell pretty similar, too, just as kitten siblings smell alike--but perhaps not identical, not quite. The differences are so subtle, though, that half the time I wonder if I'm imagining it. The marjoram is, hmmn, milder maybe, gentler. The oregano has a slightly drier, harsher scent. Key words here: perhaps, maybe, slightly.

I suppose all this means is that we'll have to start cooking different things and seeing how the two herbs shade those flavours. Or not.

Anyone got any suggestions for recipes that will bring out the difference?

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