Its origin and a little historic trip
Wild thyme originated in ancient times. The name thyme comes from the Greek word thymos and means courage / strength. In ancient Egypt, the plant was used to embalm the dead. The ancient Greeks in turn burned the thyme, much like incense, in their temples. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the thyme gives courage and strength. In combat games, the knights wore thyme bouquets in the buttonhole.
The thyme comes from the western Mediterranean. Greek mythology states that thyme are the tears of beautiful Helena.
What does the thyme plant look like?
The thyme plant belongs to the plant family of the lip bloom plants (Lamiaceae) and is a shrub up to 30 cm high, with egg-shaped leaves. When it blooms, it will have pink to purple flowers. It grows on the calcareous, hot and rocky hills of Crete. Its scent enchants the whole coast.
How does thyme taste?
Thyme has a very aromatic scent, which can be described as earthy and peppery. Its taste is spicy, slightly spicy and bitter with hints of camphor and clove.
Culinary use of thyme
Thyme is a much used and popular spice in many European cuisines. It has many uses, such as: herb butter, salads, soups, egg dishes, tomatoes and marinades. The spice is especially suitable for the preparation of a carrot puree. It refines eggplants, mushrooms, liver, meat with dark sauce in combination with red wine. I have recently eaten it with roast duck breast, which was also very delicate.
Thyme is used in French cuisine for every stew. Without it is not at all here.
With which herbs and spices can I combine thyme?
Thyme is a great partner for other herbs when used sparingly. He then highlights the flavors of the other herbs. It goes well with: basil, oregano, savory, marjoram, bay leaf, cloves, nutmeg, paprika, rosemary, allspice, lavender, salt, pepper, chili, garlic.
Thyme is an intense spice and should therefore be used sparingly. It should also be noted that its flavor unfolds only when cooking. The dried wild thyme is also more intense than fresh thyme.
Thyme relieves indigestion and stomach cramps.
Storage of herbs and spices
Please store your herbs and spices in airtight containers that keep them dark, dry and cool.