It’s About Thyme, facts about this delicate herb, by guest blogger Claire from SumoChef.
Some Thyme Facts To Know
Did you know that besides salt and pepper, there are dozens of more herbs and spices available for you to add to your dishes? What I love about them is that each of them has distinct flavors that I love to use, with thyme being one of my personal favorites. It has that distinct flavor that’s perfect on almost anything, and I love it on my chicken!
But there is more to this spice than simply flavor. So if you want to know more about this wonder spice, read on as I show you more facts you might want to know about!
What Is Thyme?
Thyme is a perennial found in the mint family of plants. It’s an attractive herb that has a plethora of pink and white flowers, with a ton of types of this spice growing around the world. They hybridize easily and are either low-growing or bushy. It’s easy to grow and usually thrive in rocky crevices and containers, usually having woody stems and a base. Two of the most popular types of thyme is either common or lemon thyme, but there are also other types of this herb used for medicine and other various recipes. Here’s a recipe you might enjoy Thyme Scented Croutons with Corn Chowder and Smokey Bacon.
It isn’t only a flavorful spice, but it comes with even more nutritional benefits and facts as well, which we’ll be talking about in the next section!
Facts About Thyme
From its cool history down to some fun points, here are the awesome facts you should know about:
- Like mentioned, there are over a hundred varieties of thyme. Over 350 types, to be exact! They are mainly used for cooking or medicinal purposes.
- Ancient Egyptians used to use the spice during the mummification process. It was also placed in coffins for passage to the next worlds.
- Thyme was associated with courage since the ancient times, as it was thought to bring strength and bravery.
- Ancient Greeks used to sprinkle thyme in their baths. When one “smelled of thyme”, it means that the person they are talking about is stylish, refined, and elegant. It was even burnt in sacred temples!
- Once used to prevent infection, in fact, it is still used now in famous mouthwashes, with thymol (the essential oil) being an active ingredient.
- It is very beneficial as it contains many antioxidants and nutrients that help improve heart health and blood circulation. The aroma can also help encourage sleep.
Ideas For Uses
Wondering where to use thyme? Here are some delicious ideas you can try when you want to incorporate this herb (or its substitutes, if you have none at the moment!) into your cooking:
- You can try thyme tea, which can help boost your immune system. Simply seep its leaves in hot water and let it sit for about five to ten minutes before drinking it. Perfect for Christmas!
- If you’re feeling a bit naughty, there is such a thing as a thyme martini! Mix three parts of citrus juice with two parts vodka and one part of thyme simple syrup, and you’ve got yourself a spicy drink.
- One of my favorite things to do with thyme is to rub it in grilled meat, especially chicken and steak! They make a great marinade or as a dry rub.
- Adding thyme to aged cheese makes a perfect match with a glass of wine.
- Herbs and spices are perfect with pasta, and thyme goes well with any seafood-flavored spaghetti dish; you can also use it on top of oil-based pastas – amazing.
Thyme is a popular and awesome spice you may want to use for your next dish. With tons of recipes available for you to use, you’ll love the kick of flavor it has to offer. And with its interesting history and facts, you’ll soon appreciate it even more!
I hope that this article shows you all of the facts you might want to know. Now that you know where it comes from and what you can do with it, try it out today and taste the flavors it can add to any of your favorite recipes!
If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts about this herb, or have any other information about it, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.
Claire is the founder of SumoChef, and her passion is cooking. Her unique approach to cooking is the result of her varied experience and travel abroad.
She believes that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences.
Photographs by Stacey – Little Figgy Food