Oregano, named Origanum vulgare is a common species of Origanum, a genus of the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is native to warm-temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region and related to the herb marjoram, oregano also being known as wild marjoram.
Oregano combines well with spicy foods, which are popular in southern Italy. It has a coarser, more robust flavour with a hint of thyme, and a warm aroma. Oregano goes particularly well with tomatoes, aubergine and lamb and is generally added just at the end of cooking, so that it retains its pungency.
Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments.