Marjoram or is it Oregano ?

Let’s over this confusion by examining differences between marjoram and oregano.

Before we wrote this post, we realized there is a distinct confusion about oregano and marjoram.

All marjorams are oreganos, since the genus name for both is origanum, but not all oreganos are marjorams.

  • Oregano = zesty + peppery + lemony

  • Marjoram = delicate + floral + round.

The Latin name for marjoram is Origanum majorana (often called sweet marjoram), the Latin name for oregano is Origanum vulgare (often called wild marjoram).

Oregano is the strongest tasting of the two with a definite spicy taste. Individual flavours and aromas of oregano include cloves, peppermint and pine. The flowers have a very similar taste and are totally edible.