Thyme comes from the Greek word, thymon, meaning courage and it was a symbol of elegance and grace for the Greeks. In the European, Middle Ages the herbs were placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares. There are numerous varieties of Thyme, each different in flavour: garden thyme, wild thyme, lemon thyme, orange thyme, anise thyme, caraway thyme and Moroccan thyme.
Thyme has an herbaceous and slightly floral aroma. It loses its aroma quickly with heat.
Thyme has a piney and phenolic taste with bitter, slightly lemony and minty notes.
Thyme is made up of the essential oil called thymol which is an antiseptic and the main active ingredient in common mouthwash. It can also be found in all-natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizers. Thyme has wonderful medicinal properties and can be used in a hot drink to sooth a sore throat, painful cough or bronchitis. It is also excellent source of iron and manganese, a very good source of calcium and a food source of dietary fiber.
Cooking & Food Pairing
As a member of the mint family, thyme is a herb that pairs well with a variety of foods and is often used to flavour meats, soups and stews. Thyme is quite flavourful but does not overpower and blends well with other herbs and spices. Thyme pairs well with goose, duck, pork tomatoe sauces, stuffings, roasts, fish and wine. For delicious potatoes add thyme and sea salt to your spuds, and then roast.
Gourmet Garden Thyme
Bursting with flavour, Gourmet Garden Thyme comes in handy tubes and keeps its fresh taste for months. Additionally, Gourmet Garden Thyme is made from fresh thyme, is gluten free, has no artificial flavours and colours and is now grown without pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. Gourmet Garden Thyme is also great value with the equivalent of 2 bunches of fresh thyme in each 80g tube.