General Description: Thyme is the leaf of a low-growing shrub in the mint family called Thymus vulgaris. It is generally used dried and chopped. It should be added early in cooking so its oils have time to be released.
Uses: Thyme is often used to flavor meats, fish, soups, and stews. It is an important ingredient in Bouquet Garni as well as Herbes de Provence. It is widely used in Carribean cuisine, and in Jordan as an important ingredient in the condiment Zahtar.
History: Greeks used Thyme in their baths and burned it as incense in their temples. In medieval times, women would give it in gifts to their warriors believing that it would bring courage to the bearer. It was also used during funerals believing that it could assure passage to the afterlife.
Origin: Thyme is native to the Mediterranean region. It is produced mainly in France, Spain, and Portugal today.
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years