How to use thyme in cooking?
Its aromatic richness and scent are characteristic and evoke Mediterranean cuisine. This aromatic herb can be widely and easily used in your everyday dishes.
Some suggestions for using thyme
Thyme is a very widespread and famous aromatic herb of the Mediterranean region. Popular and appreciated, it is easily used in many dishes. It can be used in marinades or sauces and diffuses its delicious scent in simmered dishes.
On meat, in a soup, on fish or in a vegetable stir-fry, thyme will delight both young and old. It also pairs wonderfully with cheese and potatoes. Integrated into a pizza dough, a ratatouille or an omelette, thyme will find its place and flavorfully scent your dishes.
And thyme hasn't said its last word! It also goes very well with sweet preparations based on fruits. Paired with apricot or peach, thyme will surely add depth to your dessert.
Here are some recipe ideas to use thyme:
- - Roasted beets with garlic and thyme: place the beet in aluminum foil to make a papillote, and add thyme and garlic before baking;
- - Panacotta with fresh goat cheese and thyme: boil the cream with 1 tablespoon of thyme and let it infuse for 10 minutes;
- - Thyme and lemon vinaigrette: add 1 tablespoon of thyme to the vinaigrette ingredients, mix and serve;
- - Spicy oil: click here to discover our spicy oil recipe;
- - Rib of beef with thyme and rosemary: click here to discover our rib of beef with thyme and rosemary recipe.
The intense aromas of Cretan thyme
Cretan thyme has powerful aromas due to the dry climate where it grows, conducive to the development of its essential oils. This is why this thyme has a unique aromatic profile and delicious spicy notes.
Thyme and its botany
Botanical origin of thyme
There are many varieties of thyme, in total there are more than 300 different species. Native to Crete, this thyme is a common species and also bears the botanical name of thymus vulgaris. Thyme is part of the Lamiaceae family, like rosemary, sage or basil.
How does Cretan thyme grow?
Thyme is an aromatic herb from the Mediterranean region. Exotic Earth Thyme comes from Crete and grows in a dry and sunny climate. It can reach up to 30 cm in height. Thanks to the Eole program by Exotic Earth, the thyme was brought back from Crete by sail. Discover other Exotic Earth products transported by sail via the Eole program:
A bit of history around thyme
In Greek mythology, thyme is said to have appeared after a tear shed by Helen during her abduction by Paris, during the Trojan War. The Gods would have transformed this tear into a blessed plant, thyme thus symbolizing courage and strength.
How to store thyme?
To preserve all the flavors of thyme, it is advisable to keep it away from light and humidity. Prefer an airtight container, which will perfectly preserve the aromas of your thyme.
How to use thyme in cooking?
Thyme is used both fresh and dry. It is ideal for flavoring all your dishes, meats, vegetables, soups or even desserts. Don't hesitate to combine it with other herbs, its flavors will be enhanced.
What are the benefits of thyme?
Thyme is rich in phenols, which have antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals.
What can replace thyme in a recipe?
If you don't have thyme, you can replace it with oregano, marjoram or even rosemary, which are also aromatic herbs with a strong character.
|Genus and botanical species||Thymus vulgaris|
|TRACES EVENTUELLES D'ALLERGÈNES||céleri, sésame, moutarde, fruits à coques.|