Marjoram and oregano have been confused with one another since earliest times. Even today, marjoram is often called–and sold under the name of–oregano, and oregano is sometimes known as wild, dwarf or pot marjoram.
My sources say that oregano is generally hardier than marjoram, and lives happily in cooler climes. True to the general contrariness of human nature, cooks in the cooler parts of the world tend to favor marjoram, while oregano tends to be more popular in the warmer zones.
Oregano is what my mother jokingly calls “the secret ingredient” in Italian food, since it seems to be indispensable. It’s also popular in the cooking of the Near East and Greece.
There’s so much confusion between marjoram and oregano, I’m starting to wonder which one I have in my planter. According to Waverly Root, though, marjoram is vulnerable to frost, and my plant seems to be immortal. Also, marjoram has to be crushed to release its scent and my plant just has to be gently rubbed. So I think that what I have is oregano.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character thinks they have a certain thing, but then wonders.