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Mexican Oregano

nat8199 Jan 21, 2014 03:59 AM

I have learned the joy of Mexican Oregano. While the dried that I am currently using is fine, I would like to grow some to use fresh. The problem is that I have been looking for a year now, and cannot find any anywhere. (Local or online)

Does anyone have any leads for me to follow?


  1. Shrinkrap Jan 26, 2014 05:17 PM

    Morningsun Herb Farm



    1. EWSflash Jan 24, 2014 09:44 PM

      I have one pant at the house and another in the garden plot at work I live the smell and feel of it.

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        andrewtree Jan 21, 2014 06:02 PM

        I bought dried Mexican Oregano from these folk at Boise Farmers Market when living there last year, excellent quality so they might be worth speaking to. If it's for Mexican food they also grow Epazote.

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          ssando Jan 21, 2014 05:53 PM

          I forgot to say, I get the romance of growing your own and you should if you can but I've never seen the orgeganos used fresh in Mexican cooking.

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            ssando Jan 21, 2014 05:23 PM

            There are several plants known as oregano in Mexico. The most common is Lippia graveolens but the other big player is Poliomintha longiflora, sometimes known as Oreja de Raton or Oregano Indio. It's not as citrusy as the Lippias and it has an earthier, more complex flavor.
            Here's a link to a cooperative in the Huasteca of Hidalgo and how oregano is changing lives!

            1. DiningDiva Jan 21, 2014 08:13 AM

              Rancho Gordo heirloom beans is growing and selling it. I believe he's selling it dried right now, but it may be worth investing in a phone call to see if he could sell you a plant, or perhaps seeds


              If you happen to be in NorCal or Napa you could stop by his facility and ask in person.

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              1. re: DiningDiva
                DrMag Jan 21, 2014 04:18 PM

                I second the recommendation for Rancho Gordo. They sell on the website both a Mexican oregano and an Oregano Indio, which has a slightly different bouquet.

                Also, I just watched this lovely video today about some folks in Mexico who grow oregano!


                1. re: DiningDiva
                  ssando Jan 21, 2014 05:25 PM

                  Only dried, I'm afraid.
                  I did try and get the seeds but seeds are like an inheritance in Mexico and I was told it would be very offensive to ask for some!

                2. Karl S Jan 21, 2014 08:05 AM

                  Btw, look for it under its botanical name, Lippia graveolens. It's not a true oregano in the mint family, but within the verbena family (mints and verbenas are in the order Lamiales).

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                  1. re: Karl S
                    nat8199 Jan 21, 2014 08:31 AM

                    I just did this and found someone selling the plants! Thank you!


                  2. BobB Jan 21, 2014 06:36 AM

                    I mail order it from Penzey's. They have a very extensive spice catalog and great quality.

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                    1. re: BobB
                      magiesmom Jan 21, 2014 07:18 AM

                      he wants to grow it

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                        BobB Jan 21, 2014 11:32 AM

                        Ah, I missed that. Thanks for the clarification.

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                      magiesmom Jan 21, 2014 04:58 AM

                      There are some seeds for sale on eBay . Google Mexican oregano seeds.

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