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What is Thyme Herb?

thyme herb


Thyme is a herb from a woody stalk which is covered in small greyish-green leaves popularly found in Mediterranean dishes.

What does thyme taste like?

Thyme seasoning has a mild herbaceous flavor of pine and pepper with an aroma of lemon and mint.

The variety lemon thyme is as the name suggests far more pronounced with citrus flavoring.

Where does thyme come from?

Originating in southern Europe and the Mediterranean thyme is a member of the mint family. 

The name thyme is derived from the Greek themus meaning courage. 

There are many varieties of the herb, including, english, french and lemon, the most common being garden thyme.

Thyme Uses

Thyme is used throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Creole, and Cajun cooking. 

The herbs flavor can sustain high temperatures so it is well suited to both raw recipes and slow cooking processes. 

An ingredient in the French bouquet garni and herbs de provence, thyme works well in combination with other flavors. 

Dishes that can benefit from the addition of thyme include vegetables, soup, stock, vinaigrette, marinades, sauces, roasts, braises, pastries, grilling, and stuffings. 

Thyme Substitutes 

  • Savory: a pepper and pine flavor much like the herbal thyme taste.
  • Marjoram: also a member of the mint family, marjoram is similar in appearance and replicates the earthy flavoring.
  • Oregano: similarities like marjoram, a suitable substitute for all purposes for flavor and appearance.

Thyme Compliments and Pairings 

The light herbaceous flavoring enhances ingredients including poultry, pork, lamb, fish, game, duck, sage, rosemary, oregano, parsley, tomato, pepper, olive oil, onion, garlic, chili, basil, egg, carrot, mushroom, rice, potato, cream, cheese, tea, lentils, and beans. 

Thyme Expiration and Storage

  • Fresh: wrap the stalks in a damp kitchen cloth and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • Dried: dried thyme is less potent and should be stored in an airtight container away from light and moisture for up to one year. 

Fun Facts About Thyme

  • Historically thyme has been used for purification and is the symbol of courage and bravery.
  • The oil extracted from thyme, thymol is used as a disinfectant and antiseptic.
  • There are over 300 varieties of thyme.

Popular Thyme Recipes

  • Za’atar
  • Chicken pie
  • Tomato tart
  • Thyme and cheddar biscuit
  • Thyme lemonade
  • Herby fondant potato
  • Cheese and thyme potato tart
  • Risotto with lemon, mushroom, and thyme
  • Thyme roasted pork tenderloin
  • Roasted lemon thyme chicken

Chef Max

Michelin trained professional chef with a passion for recipe writing and all things food. I have worked for over five years at top restaurants across the UK and have gained an ability to create any recipe you desire, from comfort food recipes to fine dining recipes. My experience in food writing includes a placement at Delicious Magazine which involved feature writing, recipe testing, article research, and content creation.

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