Thyme

Year-Round

Health Benefits

Thyme has a long history of its uses in natural medicine. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and is a good source of iron, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber. It was once common practice to place crushed thyme on wounds to promote healing and to ward off infections. It has also been used to help with chest and respiratory problems such as bronchitis, coughs, asthma, and laryngitis.

History

Thyme has been used since ancient times for its medicinal, aromatic, and culinary properties. In ancient Greece thyme was burned in sacred temples as an incense, symbolizing courage and admiration. The Romans grew thyme to add flavor to liqueurs and cheeses. The ancient Egyptians favored the aromatic plant for embalming their deceased pharaohs.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Thyme can be stored either fresh or dried. Fresh thyme should be wrapped loosely in a damp paper towel and stored in the refrigerator. Fresh thyme will keep for about two weeks. Dried thyme should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container and stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. Dried thyme will keep for six months.

How to Prepare

Wash, then either use the whole sprig or remove the leaves. To strip the leaves from the stem, hold the top of the stalk with one hand and firmly run your thumb and forefinger along the stalk from top to bottom with your other hand. If you wish to use a fork instead, gently hold the top and run the stem between the teeth. Discard the stalk. To release more flavor, crush or chop the herb with a knife.

Ways to Enjoy

Add thyme to scrambled eggs, fish, soups, beans, pasta sauces, or toss onto sliced vegetables before baking for a delightful taste and wonderful fragrance.

Health Benefits

Thyme has a long history of its uses in natural medicine. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and is a good source of iron, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber. It was once common practice to place crushed thyme on wounds to promote healing and to ward off infections. It has also been used to help with chest and respiratory problems such as bronchitis, coughs, asthma, and laryngitis.

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