Greek hillsides covered with summer’s growth of wild oregano in bloom are a fantastic excursion for eyes, feet, and nose! Historically, as the name implies, Greek oregano originates on the mountain slopes of Greece. The name “oregano” means “joy of the mountain” and has its origins in the ancient Greek “όρος” (oros) meaning mountain and “γάνος” (ganos) meaning joy.
According to Greek mythology, the sweet, spicy scent of oregano was created by the goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness. In ancient Greece, bridal couples were crowned with garlands of oregano. Oregano plants were placed on tombs to give peace to departed spirits. It was also used as a laxative because of its cathartic effect.