marjoram_16x9-7907937 "Learn About..." is a new recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between!
Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is a perennial herb that originated in Egypt and Arabia, and is now indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey. With sweet pine and citrus undertones, it pairs great with tomatoes and tomato-based dishes, like marinara, in salad dressings, soups, and stews.

micro-greens-health-benefits-e1404326270769-8579195 We've talked a bit about microgreens and their health benefits, but just how does it all breakdown when these tender young things go head-to-head with their mature counterparts? Urban Cultivator is currently working on an extensive study about the nutritional impact of microgreens with the University of Alberta, but while that study percolates, here's a starting guide all the nutritional details you wanted to know about microgreens vs. their mature counterparts.

flat-of-arugula-1024x500-2570220 The on-going joke about fine dining is that the dishes that come out of it will never leave you full. Microscopic servings of food on large plates, it’s not for those who have an appetite. Well, it looks like there’s a method to chefs’ madness. You’ve seen these little greens—formally known as microgreens—stylishly topping your meal as garnishes or dressed in vinaigrette as a salad. But what exactly are microgreens, other than the obvious fact that they are very small in size? Microgreens are essentially seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs, and while they’re hugely popular now, seemingly available in every café and restaurant, microgreens have actually been incorporated into the dishes of many chefs since the ‘80s.