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Marjoram - called Mantzourana in Greek - is a shrub with sweet pine and citrus flavours. Indigenous to the Mediterranean area, it can be used fresh or dry. It is similar to oregano, but milder and slightly sweeter.
It can be used with most meat dishes as well as fish and tomato dishes and salad dressings.
Although not certain, it is most probable that marjoram originated in Greece. In Ancient Greece it was planted on the graves of beloved ones in order that they would enjoy eternal peace and happiness. Hippocrates also used it medicinally.
Ancient Greeks also made head wreaths from marjoram for wedding couples, symbolising love, honour and happiness.