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What is marjoram? About the ingredient marjoram. Including 519 recipes with marjoram, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Marjoram is a somewhat cold-sensitive perennial herb or undershrub with sweet pine and citrus flavours. In some middle-eastern countries, Marjoram is synonymous with Oregano, and there the names Sweet Marjoram and Knotted Marjoram are used to distinguish it from other plants of the genus Origanum.

The name marjoram does not directly derive from the Latin word maior (major). Marjoram is indigenous to the Mediterranean area and was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness.

Marjoram is cultivated for its aromatic leaves, either green or dry, for culinary purposes; the tops are cut as the plants begin to flower and are dried slowly in the shade. It is often used in herb combinations such as Herbes de Provence and Za'atar.

The flowering leaves and tops of Marjoram are steam distilled to produce an essential oil that is yellowish in color (darkening to brown as it ages). It has many chemical components, some of which are borneol, camphor and pinene.

Although considered cold-sensitive, marjoram can sometimes prove hardy even in zone 5.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp (1g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 2Calories from Fat 0
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.6g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 0.1g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 2% Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Marjoram is usually found in the spices section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Marjoram is a member of the Spices and Herbs USDA nutritional food group.

How much does marjoram weigh?

measure grams
1 tbsp 1
1 tsp 0

In Chinese:墨角兰
British (UK) term: Marjoram
en français:marjolaine
en español:mejorana

Recipes using marjoram

There are 482 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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Chicken Burgers
Country Cassoulet
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Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

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