Also known as Thymus vulgaris, Creeping Thyme, French Thyme, Garden Thyme, Common Thyme, Mountain Thyme. Botanists refer to the species of the herb used in cooking as garden thyme and to another plant as thyme.
An aromatic herb in the mint family, thyme grows to a height of fifteen inches, with small rounded leaves and pink flowers on woody stems. This herb is not the same species as mother of thyme of wild thyme.
Experts in language tell us that thyme''s name was derived form the Greek word thumus, or courage. In Medieval times, knights wore sprigs of thyme on their armor as a sign of courage.
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Precautions: No one should take thyme oil internally. Women who are pregnant should not drink thyme tea, although small amounts of thyme used in cooking do not cause side effects. Do not take thyme as a medicine if you have a duodenal ulcer or if you have thyroid disease.
Most Popular Thyme Recipes!
Thyme Rolls On
8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
I Tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
I Tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
1/2 Teaspoon finely minced garlic
Blend all ingredients thoroughly and roll into a 1" diameter log in wax paper. Refrigerate overnight. Slice into 1/4" wheels and serve on crackers.
Thyme And Again
8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese 4 oz. sour cream
2 Tablespoons chopped thyme leaves
1 Tablespoon coarsely chopped basil
1 Tablespoon minced parsley
Blend all ingredients thoroughly and chill overnight. Place in serving bowl and garnish with signature basil, parsley, and thyme leaves. Serve on a tray of crackers and/or vegetable sticks. Guests will visit this appetizer "thyme and again".
Pita Pizza Thyme
1 Package of flat pita bread (about 12 flats)
4 Tablespoons olive oil
4 Tablespoons dried thyme, crushed
I Tablespoons dried oregano, crushed
Cut each flat into 6 triangles. Brush the top of each triangle with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with thyme and oregano. Toast in hot oven until golden brown. Serve hot as an appetizer or use for dinner bread. ("Zatar", Thymbra spicata, is the Middle Eastern counterpart found in specialty shops.) Yield: 72 pieces.
Lemon Thyme Lift
2 Cups water
1/2 Teaspoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
1/2 Teaspoon honey
Bring water to a boil and remove from the heat. Add thyme leaves and steep for 5 minutes. Strain into cups and add honey. Relax and enjoy.
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