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Jan 21, 2014 03:59 AM

Mexican Oregano

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?


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

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

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        1. re: magiesmom

          Ah, I missed that. Thanks for the clarification.

      1. 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

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

        2. 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

            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

              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. 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!