Many recipes will call for a "bunch of oregano" but it can be hard to really know what that means. Different stores carry different sizes of oregano bunches and many people grow their own oregano as well so their "bunch" will be whatever they decide on. This makes it hard to know how much to actually use.
In order to figure out how much is a bunch of oregano we went to several grocery stores and saw what they thought a "bunch of oregano" actually was. We determined that a grocery store "bunch of oregano" is on average about an ounce. That much oregano comes to about 40 sprigs of oregano in the bunch.
So for our tests we used a 1 ounce bunch of oregano to determine how many "oregano bunches" you need to get a specific amount of chopped oregano leaves. We discovered that you would need to purchase 1.4 bunches of oregano to make a cup of chopped oregano leaves for your recipe.
Did you know that oregano, whose name means "delight of the mountains" in Greek, is native to the Mediterranean region. It was hardly known in the United States until the early 20th century when GIs returning from World War II brought word of this fragrant and delicious herb back with them. Oregano, like numerous other herbs, is an aromatic member of the mint family of plants.
So we now know that "How much is a bunch of oregano" is about 1 ounce of oregano. If you are buying from the grocery store you can check the weight on the scale there and if you are growing your own oregano you can just use a kitchen scale to measure it. We recommend this one which we use at home and enjoy: Oxo Good Grips Food Scale. To determine how many 1 ounce bunches of oregano you need to get the correct amount of chopped oregano leaves you can use the converter below.
Snip off the bottom of the unwashed oregano stems. Fill a jar or a water glass partially with water; place the stem ends of the herbs into the water in the container. Store the jar of oregano in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a plastic bag. Change the water after several days if the water starts to discolor. Fresh oregano can last up to 2 weeks or longer when stored this way.
To freeze: remove the leaves and discard the oregano stems. Fill every ice cube cavity of an ice cube tray with the cilantro leafs, then completely top off with water. Place in the freezer for 2 days; remove the oregano cubes and transfer them into a freezer Ziploc bag. Store the Ziploc bag in the freezer for 2 months and use as needed.
To dry: Bundle the oregano by the stems; tie the bundle with a rubber band. Poke holes every 2 inches in a medium size brown paper bag to provide air circulation. Put the bundle of oregano in the paper bag; tie the end of the bag closed. Place the paper bag in the basement for about a week until the leaves are dry enough to fall lose from the stems. Store the dried oregano leafs in an air tight glass jar for 6 to 8 months.
Marjoram is a type of oregano with a less pungent, sweeter taste, often used in French and English cooking.
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