At MySpicer, a common question posed to our staff is “What is the difference between Mexican and Mediterranean Oregano? ”
For starters, one type of oregano is not better or superior over the other. However, there is a difference. They come from different areas of the world and are generally used for different types of cuisine. Having both stocked in your kitchen is a good idea. They will provide subtle differences in the taste of your dishes.
The difference between Mexican and Mediterranean Oregano
Here is a quick summary of each type of oregano and when you might use it:
This version of oregano is generally stronger and sometimes mintier than the Mediterranean version. This type of oregano is the best fit for Mexican dishes. It works well in flavoring beans, pork, salsas, soup, and tacos.
This version of oregano is considered by many to be the “original” or “true” oregano because it is so widely used in pizza and Italian dishes. The flavor is milder and sweeter than Mexican oregano. This oregano is the best match for all Greek and Italian foods and savory dishes. It combines well with other herbs and spices such as basil, garlic, thyme and parsley.