|This fragrant perennial is native to the Mediterranean region, North Africa, and Asia and prefers well-drained soil and full sun. Due to its popularity it is now successfully cultivated in the most temperate climates around the world, including much of Europe and South America. Our Dried Thyme is grown in Morocco. Also called common thyme or garden thyme, it is from the species Thymus vulgarisandis one of over 350 species in the Lamiaceae (mint) family. It grows to about 12”, has a woody root and the stems are a hard, reddish-brown with small, exquisite leaves and tiny pink flowers.
How Thyme is Used Worldwide
Popular in many European cuisines thyme features a strong, fresh, lemony flavor. The French like to use it liberally in soups, stews, sauces, vinegars, and the blends Bouquet Garnis and Herbs de Provence. They also use it to pair with fish, poultry and meat dishes. In Jordan it's used in a condiment called Zahtar. Used in Creole cooking, it adds flavor to blackened meat and fish dishes, and in Caribbean cuisine it's used to make Jamaican Jerk Seasoning.
Thyme is a fairly robust seasoning, so we recommend starting off with just a pinch or two so you don't overpower your dish as you can always add more if needed to achieve the ideal flavor. Common thyme or garden thyme has gray-green leaves and a sharp minty aroma with hints of lemon. Another popular subvariety is lemon thyme, which has a more pronounced lemon aroma.
When and Where to Use
Add thyme to beef, egg and cheese dishes (like quiche, frittatas, and omelets), cabbage, carrots, chicken, figs, fish, goat cheese, lamb, leeks, legumes, lentils, onions, peas, pork, potatoes, soups, tomatoes and venison.
Thyme works well with allspice, bay leaf, basil, chili powder, garlic, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, paprika and parsley.
Substitutes for dried thyme are basil, marjoram, oregano or savory.
If your recipe calls for thyme sprigs you can figure 6 fresh thyme sprigs = 3/4 teaspoon ground dried thyme and you can use the ratio of 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme equals about 3/4 teaspoon of dried thyme.
We also carry a Ground Thyme.
Some of the favorite recipes using Thyme include Provencal Chicken, Greek Chicken Casserole, Basil Frittata and Hill Country Spiced Pecans.
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