Oregano, rich in calcium.


Dried oregano, also known as wild marjoram, is very high in calcium, much higher per 100g than milk. Oregano is a popular herb used for the flavour of its leaves both dried and fresh. It has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste. It grows in warm-temperate climates. Good quality oregano may be strong enough almost to numb the tongue, but the plants adapted to colder climates often have a weaker flavour.


Oregano grows in well drained, good garden soil where plants receive full sun. It requires routine watering. The flowers should be kept cut back to encourage bushiness and thick foliage. Grow new plants from seeds or by dividing an established plant.

As well as being a calcium bomb, although you may not eat much of it in a serving, oregano is also high in magnesium (270mg/100g) and manganese (5mg/100g) and very high in potassium (1260mg/100g).

A few teaspoons, dry or fresh, oregano added to rye sourdough bread, makes a delicious meal with tomato and nut spread or cheese.