Monday, November 9, 2009
Oregano / "Sambharbalipaan"
Family functions and other commitments prevented me from posting on my blog. In the meantime, I also noticed that my tiny garden in the balcony was getting neglected so much so that some of the plants were growing out of control and one of it was the Oregano or “Sambharpali Paan” (in Konkani language).
Thus started my spade work! Gardening is hard work but very satisfying in the sense that you can actually see them grow ( from a tiny delicate plant to a sturdy one) and bloom.
Oregano is a medicinal herb and in our native village ( Udupi and Mangalore, Karnataka) this herb is grown in almost every house and is generally used for relieving coughs and cold especially for very young children. Its leaves have a distinct flavour.
I also learnt that it has several health benefits and is used in several countries in different ways. Of course we all know that it is used in Pizzas.
It’s easy to grow and can be grown from cuttings as I have done. It also does not need much looking after. It is growing happily in my pot in the balcony.
The leaves are very thick and juicy and only these are used for salads and some recipes.
Watch out for my next post on the recipe.
The following link will give you some of the Indian names of this herb http://www.indianspices.com/html/s0625oregano.htm