What’s happening on Mist Mountain ?  A Walk-Around in April, a very unpredictable month.

o with words

Oh, oregano.  Easy to grow.  Smell of memories.

My stepmother used to make a to die for spaghetti sauce with beef, sausage, and veal meatballs.  She would cook it for 3 days and the house would smell like oregano and other savory spices. She was Scotch-Irish.  Can’t tell you where she got the recipe.

My first non-domestic job was at Rialto’s, a family run Greek pizza and grinder shop.  We made huge pots of sauce for the spaghetti and the pizzas and the meatball grinders.  Lot’s of oregano. Lots of stories there.  I will have to remember to write about them later.

Now, I don’t use oregano much because it seems to upset my stomach.  Interesting fact I just found while looking up oregano on the net from Medical News Today:

Side effects and precautions

Eating oregano can cause stomach upsets in some people. In addition, those who are allergic to plants belonging to the Lamiaceae family (such as including basil, lavender, mint, and sage) should be cautious, as they may also develop an allergic reaction to oregano.

Once again, I find out I am not crazy, my body knows better than I do what it does and does not want.

The oregano in the rain house dies back in winter for a short time but otherwise grows almost year round and smells wonderful when I brush up against it, so I grow it anyway and share it with friends.  In April, here is the new growth starting up.




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