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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The History of Thyme

I believe it is a cardinal sin to have a kitchen that does not contain the herb, thyme. This is one of my alltime favorite seasonings.

As obtained from "," Thyme, botanically-known as thymus vulgaris, gets its name from the Greek word thymon, an herb used as incense or as a fumigator during sacrifices. Native to the Mediterranean region, thyme was brought to Britain by the Romans. Long-prized for its medicinal uses, ancient Egyptians used thyme oil in their embalming process.

Legend has it that thyme was an essential ingredient in a magic brew that allowed the drinker to see the fairies. It was also considered an aphrodisiac.

Helpful tools for thyme storage is store fresh thyme in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer of your refrigerator or stand sprigs in a glass of water on the refrigerator shelf.

When planting, work some compost or other organic material into the soil to help the soil drain better and to provide nutrients to the young plant. Thyme also does well in containers.

Jamaicans use thyme in many of their favorite dishes. I love the fresh thyme the best.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hmmm, I love thyme as well