Thirty years ago, the first substantial attempt was made to grow wild Greek oregano mountains in Greece. More specifically in Mavrouda Thessaloniki, a small village in NE of the prefecture. It was that time (summer of 1981) that Theodoros Karatzas, after collecting seeds of wild oregano of the Oreganum Vulgare hirtum variety from the Keryllia Mountains, created his first spore. There were many obstacles as there was no organized oregano crop anywhere in Greece and everything was done from the beginning. Despite the problems, he managed and cultivated the first twelve acres.
The results after many modifications and improvements, both in the cultivation and in the production and processing of the final product, could only be spectacular! The quality of the oregano that matured in the Mediterranean environment and under the unique Greek sun, over the years made Oregano Karatza a product of great demand. Its main characteristics are its purity and rich aroma, the result of traditional cultivation, always with respect to the Greek nature.
The years have gone through a daily effort to improve our product, so today Oregano Karatza numbers about 35 hectares and annual production around twenty-five to thirty (40-45) tons of excellent quality of wild Greek oregano.