Thyme is a beautiful herb to grow. Not only is it a culinary delight, but it looks amazing in the herb garden, or draped over walls. A healthy thyme plant really is a must-have in the herb garden. It can also be grown in containers and will put up with drought conditions quite well.
Thyme has been grown in the kitchen garden for centuries and there are records of its use back in Roman times. It was considered to be an effective herb to preserve meat, and although we still use it to flavour meat, other methods of preserving have over taken the simple thyme method.
There is no shortage of myths and legends attached to the herb, including an idea that if a woman wore a sprig of thyme in her hair she would attract her true love. There are many others, a lot of them based around romance and love. Thyme has obviously been a well-loved herb throughout history!
It has been consistently grown throughout the ages as a medicinal and culinary herb and is known to soothe colds and flu symptoms. It has anti-bacterial properties and is a source of vitamins A and C as well as a few other elements the human body needs.
Thyme is one of the herbs to add early in cooking, as it releases its flavours slowly.
*Add to slow cooked stews and casseroles.
*Mix chopped thyme into stuffing mixes
*Sprinkle a few leaves in a baking tin before roasting any meat or vegetable dish.
Grow a plant or two at home and you’ll always have this wonderful herb at your fingertips – organic and super fresh 🙂
Some of this text was taken from my most popular digital herb book “Growing Herbs at Home”. I’ve just updated and polished the book a little and to celebrate, the price has been reduced!
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