Cooking with thyme
3 things you may not know about thyme
- It's an evergreen plant; you can pick fresh thyme all year-round.
- Thyme has strong antiseptic properties; before the development of antibiotics (even in the First World War) thyme was used to help clean wounds.
- It's used as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent in cough drops, moisturizers and mouthwashes.
2 ways to try thyme right now
- In a fresh herbed salad dressing using a flavoured thyme, like lemon, orange or caraway.
- In thyme honey, spread on toast. It's a delicacy—thought since ancient times to have the best flavour of any honey.
2 things to remember for your windowsill herb garden
- Thyme is indigenous to the Mediterranean; plants like to live in hot, sunny conditions, and prefer well-drained soil.
- Thyme is sweetest if picked just as its flowers appear.
1 essential thing all good cooks know
- Thyme takes time to impart its flavour to a dish, so it's normally added to a recipe early in the cooking process.
1 way to take thyme out of the kitchen
- Thyme symbolizes courage and energy, and is said to enhance memory. Add dried thyme, or thymol (thyme's essential oil), to a small herbal dream pillow at bedtime to boost your spirit.
1 reason to grow your own thyme
- Aside from all its other benefits, according to legend, thyme is the perfect plant to hide the tiny houses of garden fairies.