How to grow marjoram

Your simple guide on how to grow and harvest the soft herb marjoram, plus three great recipes for using it in your kitchen, and what you can substitute it for.

How to grow marjoram

What is marjoram?

Marjoram is an aromatic herb with many uses. It can be used as a substitute for oregano (and vice versa). Use the leaves in salads or chop and add to roast meat sandwiches, herb butter and egg dishes. It’s also great in stuffing, or add near the end of cooking to meat dishes.

What does marjoram taste like?

It’s a little milder than oregano, but along similar lines, with woody, earthy and almost citrusy flavours. Some people can taste a pine flavour too.

How do you grow marjoram?
Marjoram is easiest to raise when bought as ready-grown plants. Plant in a pot and place outside in a sunny spot after the winter frosts have passed. Keep plants bushy by pinching out growing tips and removing flowers.

When is marjoram in season and ready for picking?
Keep picking throughout the summer, but make sure you leave the new side shoots because they are your next harvest.

Marjoram is an aromatic herb with many uses

Which recipes are best to try?

Here are three of our favourite recipes using marjoram…

Salted pollack, potatoes and marjoram

Spicy aubergine polpette

Roast rack of lamb with aubergine, goat’s cheese and spring herbs

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