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Information for Thyme

Thyme, a species of thymus belonging to the family Lamiaceae is an herb native to Southern Europe. This perennial herb that is a relative of mint comes in various types and each one may differ in appearance. Thymus vulgaris is often used for cooking. This can be identified by its sprigs covered with grey-green leaves. It is highly aromatic and known for its strong minty-lemon scent and flavor.

A common ingredient in Southern European cooking, thyme is characteristic of French cooking. It is also often used as a bouquet garni along with other herbs and used in stews, soups and sauces.

Thyme is also a popular seasoning in British cooking as well as Creole cuisine. Various spice mixes such as dukka and Herbes de Provence also incorporate thyme in them. Aside from this, it may also be used as part of a dry rub, such as in the case of Jamaican Jerk.

The culinary use of thyme is numerous and extends from the various continents around the globe. It may be used in both fresh and dry form, depending on the circumstance. Thyme compliments a number of different kitchen ingredients including lemon, vinegar, meat, poultry, fish, beef, lamb, onions, potatoes, tomatoes among others.

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