Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marjoram a Great Favourite with Butterflies and Bees

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marjoram a Great Favourite with Butterflies and Bees

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Byline: By Susie White

Last month I wrote about the well-known thyme collection at Chesters Walled Garden and this month it is the turn of our other National Collection, that of marjoram.

We grow many different types of this pretty herb, some for their flowers and scent only, others for cooking.

People are often confused between the naming of the dried herb and the fresh plant. What we buy in supermarket jars as marjoram is dried sweet (or knotted) marjoram, while oregano is dried perennial marjoram. This gets its strong flavour from the Mediterranean growing conditions of poor, stony soil and strong sun.

Here, sweet marjoram has to be grown as an annual and, although hardy, marjoram never acquires the same depth of flavour as dried oregano.

Marjoram is easy to grow and has lovely, purple flowers that attract butterflies and bees. If you want plenty of sprigs for the kitchen, however, you should prevent it flowering by cutting it down a couple of times in the season. …

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