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Thyme is the dried leaves of Thymus vulgaris, a small perennial of the mint family. The leaves measure about one quarter of an inch in length and one tenth of an inch in width. The plant grows about eighteen inches tall and produces small flowers that are very attractive to honey bees.


Thyme is used in stuffings, stews and for seasoning meats, fish and game. Thyme is part of bouquet garni, herbes de Provence, and the Middle East spice blend Zahtar, along with jerk and curry blends.


Most thyme is imported from Spain. Although French thyme is recognized as being of higher quality than the Spanish variety, only limited quantities are grown each year.


Thyme dates back to ancient Greece, where it symbolized courage. Roman soldiers bathed in water infused with thyme to gain vigor, courage and strength. In the Middle Ages, ladies embroidered a sprig of thyme on the scarves of knights for bravery.

herb, thymus vulgaris



    Flavor & Aroma

    Warming and pungent

    Sensory Profile

    Thyme is characterized by minty-green, hay-like, and musty flavor notes.

      Feb. 18, 2011 8:05 am
      I started growing thyme on my patio. It is a very hearty plant surviving in quite cold weather. I use it with fresh Rosemary to season most beef recipes with excellent results.
      May 1, 2011 4:54 pm
      While I was living in Spain, I used to pick this wild, aromatic herb during walks in the country. I learned to use it in many dishes, particularly in beef stews.
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