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I <3 Thyme!

Cool Facts!-Ancient Greeks sprinkled thyme in their baths. When they said a person “smelled of thyme” it meant they were elegant, refined, and stylish.-Romans used it to treat depression.-Thyme was placed in coffins to ensure passage to next world.-In the Middle Ages, people placed thyme under their pillows to prevent nightmares and sleep.-Fairies are said to love thyme. -Was once used as bandage to prevent infection-Oberon, king of fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, says, “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,” referring to the bed of thyme in which Titania, the fairy queen, sleeps.


Adds Flavour!

1: What climate does your herb best grow in?(temperature, type of soil, moist, dry, soaked, etc)-Thyme grows itself. The more you fuss, the less hardy it will be.-Most fragrant and flavorful when grown in dry, lean soil. Too much moisture rots the plant.-Space about 6” apart in large areas.-If grown in damp/humid conditions, molds/rots can become a problem. -Prefers mild climate but can survive below freezing. Tolerates cold better in well-drained soil.-Germination: 15.556-21.111°C-Fertilizer not necessary. PH is 4.5-8.0. Watering needed is below average.

2: Does your herb like to grow alone or with other herbs?-Can grow anywhere, but it does like eggplant and cabbage-Hates onion family, and weeds during first 6 weeks of growth. Doesn’t like competition, especially from grassy weeds, and needs an orderly environment.3: What countries does your herb naturally or natively grow in?-Native to south east New South Wales, eastern Victoria and Tasmania.-Used by indigenous Australians for its medicinal properties.4: What type of cuisines or countries is your herb associated with for flavor?-Flavorful fresh and dried. Makes nice complement to tomato sauces, cheeses, eggs, vegetables. Used to flavor jellies, breads, vinegars, marinades, sauces, and is also used in bouquet garni. -Usually blended with other herbs when used in meat dishes, poultry, stuffing (parsley and thyme are common) and soups. - Most common use in UK to flavor lamb.

5: When it comes to cooking with your herb, do you use it at the beginning of the dish you are making or towards the end? -You can roast/boil thyme. It can withstand difficult temperatures. However, it is better sprinkled on food rather than fried with the food at the end so it doesn’t lose it’s flavor or crisp up in oil.-Excellent for roasting and bouquet garni additions.6: Does your herb fit in the “woody herb” or “soft herb” category?-Woody herb. Start new plants every 3-4 years because it gets very woody. Grows up to 1 foot.7: Flavor profile your herb? (Taste?)- Tastes based on handling: Fresh tastes excellent, dried tastes fair, frozen tastes good.-Lemon thyme has mild lemon flavor. (Can be used to make tea)-Can be slightly peppery.


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