Oregano is a perennial herb that is woody-based and bushy. It has small, aromatic, ovate opposite leaves and panicle-like clusters of small pink flowers in summer and early autumn.
It is an important culinary herb with a warm and slightly bitter taste which is often more flavourful when dried than fresh. It is a staple in Italian-American cuisine. Oregano also combines well with spicy foods. In Turkish cuisine oregano is used to flavour meat, especially mutton and lamb.