Coleus Amboinicus [Mexican Mint]

This succulent is easy to grow, attractive and aromatic. The scent is characteristic of the true oreganos and it has numerous culinary and traditional uses.

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Botanical name: Plectranthus amboinicus(formerly Coleus Amboinicus)

Common names: Mexican Mint, Cuban oregano, Indian Borage

Description

Plectranthus amboinicus is a perennial succulent with aromatic foliage. It is often grown as a houseplant but can thrive outdoors in warm season regions or in summer. Leaves contain pungent oils, which can be harnessed for cooking. The flavor of Cuban oregano is said to be much stronger than Greek oregano, the herb most frequently used to flavor pizzas and other Mediterranean dishes. Harvesting Cuban oregano and using it in recipes can provide similar flavor to traditional oreganos but should be used in more moderate amounts to avoid over-seasoning the dish.

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