Newest Review: ... friend to water! The plant will produce tiny green leaves on a thin woody stem. In the summer Thyme produces small delicate flowers that c... more
Aromatic, culinary, decorative and insecticide. One plant does it all.
Member Name: janharper
Advantages: Wonderfully aromatic
Disadvantages: Doesn't like too much water
Thyme is a widely used culinary herb and perhaps its most common use in UK is to flavour lamb. It is used all over Europe to make aromatic and flavoursome dishes but a personal favourite of mine is Cypriot kleftiko which a highly aromatic lamb dish.
It is grow in gardens as a decorative and aromatic plant as well as a culinary herb. Easy to grow but don't let it get too wet. Use it to flavour salads, breads, fruits, sauces and meats, or just delight in the fragrance. Thyme is used to flavour Benedictine liquer,
Thyme, in folklore, was used to add to wedding bouquets with roses, to indicate fidelity and virginity. Hence the song, 'Once She Had A Bunch of Thyme'.
The plant itself is an evergreen sgrub of the mint family and has woody stems with grey-green to green leaves and small pale pink or purple flowers. If you leave your plant long enough without cutting too many sprigs from it, you will see it produce fruit. These are in the form of tiny nutlets.
There are over a hundred varieties of thyme with the most common being garden thyme and lemon thyme. The lemon variety looks very similar to the garden one but has a stronger lemon aroma. It is excellent with fish.
Bees are attract to thyme flowers but the plant itself is a great insect repellant. Cut some sprigs of thyme and make a tea with it. (Steep it well). Put it into a garden spray mister and use to spray around doorways and windows. Insects don't like it.
Summary: Versatile plant for cooking and other uses.