English Thyme - A Classic Kitchen Herb
Thyme is a great garden plant with a neat habit, fragrant foliage, and colorful flowers. It is an ideal edging plant and is a good choice for a windowsill herb. Also known as German thyme and garden thyme.
Thyme with its grey-green leaves and pink or violet flowers grows 8-10' tall. Harvest thyme just before flowers begin to open by drying the entire plant.
Thyme has been associated with honey, because it attracts bees in great quantity. A common practice in Mediterranean orchards is to plant thyme as a ground cover to attracts pollinating insects to the fruit trees. Virgil, the ancient Roman poet was also a beekeeper, praised honey drawn from thyme. Thyme is associated with the Christ-child's manger. Thyme was among the few herbs upon which Mary and the Child bedded in Bethlehem. It is an herb used in Christmas creches. A favored plant in the gardens of churches and monasteries.
Thyme goes with everything- all meats, poultry, fish, stuffing, stews, soups, sauces, stock, herb butters, flavored vinegar, beans, lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, cheese, onions, cucumbers, carrots, eggplant, leeks, mushrooms, eggs, and rice. Thyme tea is used by herbalists and used as an aromatic, stimulant, diuretic, and as an antiseptic.
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