Culinary Uses Of Thyme
There are numerous varieties of Thyme with different exotic flavors like lemon or orange.
There are also creeping varieties but a lot of them have
no flavor and are not suitable for cooking.
Thyme is indispensable for all Mediterranean cooking, tomato sauces,
pizzas, pasta, potatoes, chicken, lamb and venison. Lemon Thyme is great
fish but also with meat.
My Favorite Thyme Varieties
Thymus vulgaris - this is the regular Thyme. It is great for all Mediterranean cooking, stews, lamb, pasta and venison.
Thymus v. 'Silver Posie' - a silver leafed Thyme with good flavor
Thymus x citriodorus (Lemon Thyme) - this one has a strong lemon flavor which is great with chicken, lamb or fish.
Thymus x c. 'Silver Queen' - a variegated leafed Lemon Thyme
Thyme 'Doone Valley' - a variegated Lemon Thyme with a creeping habit. Pretty and tasty!
Growing Thyme Herb In Containers
Add some pebbles or sand into your soil mixture and some lime for
growing thyme in containers. Thyme can be planted into window boxes or
together with other small herbs or flowers. The plants that you combine
it with have to be able to stand dry conditions because this is what
this plant loves.
Thyme needs little feeding. Use a liquid organic fertilizer for it once or twice a month during the growing season.
Potted plants should be taken indoors in the winter if you have severe frost over a longer period.
You can propagate Thyme with cuttings take during the summer or from seed. The
cultivated forms though have to be propagated from cuttings.
Keep your plants bushy and compact by cutting a third of them in early autumn. This should of course be used for drying.
Harvesting And Preserving Thyme Herb
You can harvest this herb nearly all year round. Pick the soft shoots
or small branches. That also helps to keep the plant neat and bushy.
You can keep
harvesting while the plant flowers and use the flowers as well.
What you trim back in the autumn can either be dried or frozen. Thyme can also be used to flavor oil or vinegar.
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