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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Oct 4, 2013 6:05 PM CST
May not be the right place for this, but I got this plant a few years back at a swap. Person did not know if OK for humans to eat. Under uses it states culinary and herbal herb....so it is safe for human consumption??? I absolutely LOVE the scent of it....can I use it in cooking? If so should it be dried? or picked fresh? If this is the wrong place for this question please @Dave move it where it needs to be
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Oct 4, 2013 6:22 PM CST

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Cuban oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus) is definitely eaten by many people as an absolute substitute for regular oregano, but I've never done it because oregano grows so well for us. I imagine it can be used in cooking exactly the same as regular oregano.

You've got my curiosity up so I think I'll give it a try next time I'm making a sauce. Thumbs up
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Oct 4, 2013 6:28 PM CST
Thanks Dave. I'll have to give it a try too. Been wondering, but since Bill died and I'm here alone I'm hesitant to try stuff as the dogs don't know how to dial 911. Doing fish tomorrow and think it would be wonderful on top. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Oct 19, 2013 9:46 PM CST
This looks exactly like a plant I have that we call Mexican Oregano, the smell and taste is stronger than regular oregano. I dry the leaves and use it in place of oregano. It can also be used fresh although it is strong and rather fleshy, so not as much is needed. It roots easily and down here if you put it in the ground it will take over. I have found it gets too bushy after awhile, so every couple years I toss the old plant and root new. Anyway, it is fine to eat. I'm still here and I've been eating it for years. Big Grin
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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Oct 21, 2013 3:20 PM CST
Thanks Jonna I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Oct 21, 2013 4:29 PM CST
DUH...forgot to ask...how do you dry the leaves?? And after dry would an empty pill bottle be a good place to store them??
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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Oct 21, 2013 9:17 PM CST
LOL, an empty pill bottle is exactly what I have mine stored in! I don't have a fruit dryer so I just lay the leaves out on a cookie sheet on a paper towel with another one on top and put the whole thing in the sun. It doesn't take long, maybe 2 days here. I also try to do it in the winter when the humidity is lower but it does work even in the summer as long as you don't forget and leave them out in the rain.
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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
Oct 22, 2013 2:27 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thanks Smiling
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