Marjoram is a perennial herb in the mint family. Native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia and Africa, some ancient civilizations viewed the herb as a symbol of happiness. In Greek mythology Aphrodite, the goddess of love, grew marjoram. The fuzzy green leaves form petite clusters that slightly resemble knots. In fact, it is sometimes called “knotted marjoram”. The genus Origanum contains 40 species, but only one of them is considered true marjoram. The rest are considered oregano. Marjoram has an earthy and woodsy flavor, with notes of balsam-like pine and citrus. Warm, sharp and bitter, the taste is reminiscent of oregano and thyme. Marjoram is used to flavor and garnish soups, stews, salads, sauces, dressings and more. It can also be made into an herbal tea.