Thyme Photos and Information

Common Thyme, or thymus vulgaris, originally grew in the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. It loves sunny, well drained spots there. The Romans used thyme to flavor their cheese and liqueurs. The Greeks made incense from thyme, scenting their temples and scattering leaves in their halls. In eastern Italy, the sheep grazed on the thyme, giving the lamb and mutton there a distinctive flavor.

Thyme was brought to England in the 12th century, where it was quickly adopted and came into widespread use.



Thyme is a bushy, medium sized plant which makes an attractive border planting. It grows up to 9". It has a brown woody stem. Wooly thyme has lavender blossoms and a trailing leaf, while English / garden thyme has lavender to purple flowers and is a favorite of bees. Lemon thyme has (not surprisingly) a lemony flavor and pink flowers.

For cooking, thyme is wonderful. It's traditional in pork and chicken stuffing. It goes well with roast and grilled meat. It is also good with seafood, cheese, chowders, eggs and vegetables. You can even make a nice tea out of thyme.

In addition, thyme has many non-culinary uses. When dried in bunches, thyme can be hung in a closet to ward off insects. It also works well in fabric sachets.

Thyme should be started indoors or under glass. When the sprouts are 3", set them in dry sand about 18" apart. They need plenty of sunlight.

These photos are all courtesy of Mensa Gardening SIG members. These Thyme plants grow in Massachusetts.

Thyme Vinegar Recipe
Scampi Provencale with Thyme Recipe

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