Marjoram is a delicious, sweet and highly aromatic herb often considered a subtle and delicate member of the oregano family.
The wedding custom of rose petals strewn by a flower girl along the path to be trod by the bride and groom originated in England. At celebratory events the king ordered fresh sweet-smelling herbs to be scattered along the ground to prevent the clothing of the noble guests from being dirtied. Marjoram was the herb selected for this because of its delightfully sweet scent. Eighteen bushels of marjoram were strewn before the coronation of King James II!
Marjoram is a favored herb for flavoring meats such as meat loaf or Polish sausage, liverwurst, and bologna. It is called for in the making of certain cheeses, soups and sauces. Marjoram is often added to stuffing for chicken or turkey. Also, try adding it to the rice in stuffed peppers. Marjoram is almost always in Italian herbs blended together to enhance tomato dishes and pizza. Due to its delicate nature, it is best to add marjoram during the last half of cooking to preserve its flavor.