Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris
How to grow it:
Thyme is a low growing perennial bush that prefers warm, well drained conditions. If it likes it’s conditions it can spread over quite a large area making it a useful ground cover. Prefers full sun
Grows really well in pots and is great to have near the kitchen if there’s a sunny spot.
Propagation can be by seed or division – cuttings strike readily if kept moist.
In the Kitchen:
Thyme is a strongly flavoured herb so be careful not to overdo it. Mixes well with lots of other herbs – parsley, oregano, basil, rosemary, sage etc. so if you get a patch going, feel free to experiment.
Goes well with all meat and cooked dishes – on it’s own or in combination, even sprinkled over salads for it’s pungent sweet flavour.
I like to mix leaves with butter and garlic and keep it in the fridge for use with vegetables and bread.
Makes a tonic herbal tea to boost your immune system and ward of colds and flu.