This evergreen herb, sought after by the Ancient Egyptians for its culinary and medicinal properties, has been considered the herb of vitality and courage for centuries. Now, mystical powers aside thyme is truly a culinary treasure used in cuisines all over the globe. Commonly thyme is mixed with oregano and parsley to aid in the aromatics of a particular dish.
Like all relatives of the mint family (Lamiaceae), Thymus vulgarism, the leaves adds a pungent aromatic flavor to dishes. Giving them a slight minty-earthy flavor without being overwhelming. With over 100 cultivars of thyme, you may get flavors of lemon, chocolate, caraway, or even orange. Thyme is an aromatic herb, meaning use as much as you can!
Inclusive of its distinctive and delightful flavor, this herb contains many healthy benefits too. The essential oil of common thyme (Thymus vulgaris), contains 20–54% thymol. Thymol, an antiseptic, is an active ingredient in various commercially produced mouthwashes such as Listerine. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, oil of thyme was used to medicate bandages. It has also been shown to be effective against various fungi that commonly infect toenails. Thymol can also be found as the active ingredient in some all-natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizers. Brewing thyme as a tea or in a bath can aid in treating respiratory illness and bronchitis.
Thyme is best cultivated in a hot, sunny location with well-drained soil. It is generally planted in the spring, and thereafter grows as a perennial. It can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or dividing rooted sections of the plant. It tolerates drought well. The plants can take deep freezes and are found growing wild on mountain highlands.
*So if your diet doesn’t have enough thyme, come on down to Dueminuti and get your fill of the wonder herb!