One summer a long time ago, a few of us kids were on an expedition along sunny Aegean hilltops covered with shrub when my cousin suddenly stopped and declared "it smells like lamb chops here!"
It actually smelled like oregano, but for this little boy the strong aroma was inseparable from the lamb chops he had for lunch.
The word oregano is derived from from Greek orī́ganon, a compound of óros, "mountain", and gános, "brightness", therefore "brightness of the mountain". Daphnis & Chloe sources this much praised variety from the slopes of Mount Taygetus, one of the oldest recorded peaks in Europe, appearing in Homer's Odyssey. It is pungent and peppery, a bright addition to grilled meats, fish and vegetables.
Oregano that grows in Greek soil can contain up to 30 times more essential oils than other typically available herbs sourced form elsewhere and it had been used for its numerous health benefits for thousands of years. Daphnis and Chloe recommends to add a pinch of oregano in your legumes to facilitate digestion. My mother in law agrees.