Thymus vulgaris, commonly known as Thyme, is more than just a cooking herb. It has played symbolic and therapeutic roles in many cultures, from Ancient Egypt to Medieval Europe, and is present in traditional Eastern medicine.
HOW DOES IT TASTE?
Thyme has an earthy profile with rich balsamic aromas. Its flavours are grassy, with subtle notes of mint. As an infusion Thyme can be intense, with a rich floral taste and a slightly bitter finish.
GOOD IF YOU ARE FEELING
Under the weather. Thyme has a history of being used as a natural cough remedy to help you breathe easier. It also has digestive benefits. Try a cup when your body just isn’t feeling 100%.
HOW IT IS MADE
Organically cultivated plants originate in our nursery and are selected from the best adapted cultivars. Harvesting is done by hand near the flowering stage of the plant cycle (when essential oil concentration is higher). Leaves are dried at low temperatures, never exceeding 25ºC. The best leaves are selected by hand.
HOW TO PREPARE
Combine 2 tablespoons of Thyme with 1 litre of 85°C water in your vessel of choice (tea strainer, tea pot, or even right into the mug). Let the leaves steep for 5-7 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
Thyme is a natural expectorant and a popular choice to help respiratory infections and symptoms of the common cold. It is a good source of vitamins and antioxidants, has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can support your digestive system, making it an overall promoter of good health.
Its woody and earthy notes make Thyme an excellent addition to savoury dishes. Try it with roasted vegetables or meats, in marinades, in soups and stews, or even to add complexity to your favourite cocktail. It is popular with roasted poultry and makes a great addition to stuffing.