Cuban Oregano - Knowledgebase Question

Port St. Lucie, FL
Question by mikegeri
May 20, 1998
I have Cuban oregano, which I bought from a local store. It was with the other herbs that they were selling. The leaves are very thick and not like the other organos I have seen. Can this be used as a herb to be eaten?


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 1998

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Cuban oregano is not a true oregano, but is is actually a coleus (Coleus amboinicus). Its oregano name comes from its fragrance of oregano. It is used in culinary preparations in the West Indes, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. It is a frost tender plant that can survive the winter in a deep south location like yours. Gardeners in marginally frost free areas of the south will mulch it heavily when a frost threatens and remove the mulch when the danger is past.

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