Thyme

Fragrant & flavorful

Thyme is a delicate looking herb with a penetrating fragrance. It grows in dry, sunny and hot locations with well-drained soil and is native in the Greek countryside.

Thyme contains essential oils that are used in cooking, adding an intense, slightly spicy, flavor. Thyme holds its flavor in cooking and blends well with other Mediterranean ingredients like garlic, olive oil and tomatoes. Thyme’s flowers grow on the tops of the shoots, they have a light blue color and they are often used as aromatic, ornamental plants, while their oil is used in perfumery.

Thyme –due to thymol (an important essential oil) it contains – has a long history of use in natural medicine in connection with chest and respiratory problems including coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion. The volatile oil components of thyme have also been shown to have antimicrobial activity against a host of different bacteria and fungi. Thyme also contains a variety of flavonoids which increase its antioxidant capacity, and combined with its status as a very good source of manganese, give thyme a high standing on the list of anti-oxidant foods. Finally, thyme is an excellent source of iron, and vitamin K and a good source of calcium and dietary fiber.

Thyme has been used since ancient times for its culinary, aromatic and medicinal properties. In ancient Greece, thyme was widely used for its aromatic qualities, being burned as incense in sacred temples. Thyme was also a symbol of courage and admiration with the phrase “the smell of thyme” being a saying that reflected praise unto its subject denoting elegance. Thyme was also widely used in massage and bath oils and as an aphrodisiac.

Thyme is flavorful fresh and dried. It makes a nice complement to tomato sauces, cheeses, eggs and vegetables. It can also be used to flavor jellies, breads, vinegars, marinades, sauces and it matches well with: beef, carrots, chicken, figs, fish, goat cheese, lamb, lentils, onions, peas, pork, potatoes, soups, tomatoes, venison.

MLGFB Tip:

How to make a warm beverage with thyme

Preparation:

  • Put a tablespoon of thyme to a coffee pot of water
  • As soon as it starts to boil, take the beverage off the heat and leave it for about 10 minutes to cool down
  • Strain it and drink it warm with honey

This warm beverage is recommended for stomach and bowel problems and as a sedative for coughs.

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