Thyme is a leaf from the Thymus vulgaris shrub, a member of the mint family. It has a subtle, dry flavor with a hint of mint, pine and smokiness. While used primarily as a seasoning for cooking, thyme is also used as a condiment and in pickling. It’s typically used with other seasonings for meat, poultry, stuffing, soups, sauces, stews, eggs, spaghetti, pizza sauce, tomatoes and custards. Thyme is very popular in European cuisines.
The small, greenish-gray leaves are usually dried and can be chopped, ground or crumbled. It can also be found in cosmetics and fragrances and is known to have medicinal value, treating ailments such as sore throats, digestive issues, rheumatism and headaches.
Thyme’s range of use is impressive, and it has over 400 subspecies. Ancient Greeks believed thyme to be representative of sacrifice and courage and used it as incense. Ancient Egyptians used it for its medicinal, aromatic and culinary purposes.
Benefits of Thyme
Some research suggests Thyme may have the following benefits:
- Digestive Health
- Heart Health
- Immune System