Marjoram is a versatile perennial herb with small gray-green velvety leaves that makes an attractive potted plant that may be brought inside when the temperatures fall. Like it’s cousin, oregano, it likes part shade and rich organic potting soil. Sow seeds indoors in the winter and transplant outdoors in the spring. Propagate marjoram by taking cuttings and putting them in a glass of water set in a sunny window.
Marjoram is a favorite herb in Polish cooking. Pierogis, irresistible Polish dumplings stuffed with onions, potatoes and seasoned with marjoram, have been a staple in eastern Europe for hundreds of years. Marjoram is delightful in stews, sautés, marinades, and casseroles. It is also used in combination with other herbs, like herbs de Provence and za’atar. Marjoram herbal tea is good for asthma, sinus congestion, and viruses, as it has antioxidant and anti fungal properties. Cut the outside leaves of the plant in the morning for the best nutrition.
Marjoram is particularly good companion plant that is beneficial to plant with veggies to deter pests and attract pollinators and beneficial insects to the garden. Marjoram’s tiny white or pink flowers are wonderful nectar sources for butterflies. Growing marjoram in a pot that can be moved will insure this sensitive plant will bring its sweet spicy aroma to your recipes throughout the year.