It is winter in Adelaide, it is cold and wet and lots of folks have coughs and colds, so it is time for thyme.
Thyme is a great addition to your medicinal herb garden.
Thyme contains thymol which you will find in toothpastes and throat gargles.
Thyme, honey and lemon make a great soothing mix to sip if you have a sore or dry throat.
Infuse some thyme in green tea, add a little honey and you have a great tasting herbal tea.
Thyme has great antiseptic properties as well as aiding digestion and boosting the immune system.
And thyme tastes great!
Combine thyme with other herbs such as sage and rosemary and the uses and health benefits of using these herbs is amazing.
Thyme is used in equal quantities with sumac to make Zatar which is used in Middle eastern cookery.
Thyme is used with cumin in Cajun cookery.
Thyme, parsley, bayleaf is tied in a bundle to make a bouquet garni which is then added to most French stocks and casseroles.
Thyme is a great herb to include in your cooked vegetable dishes, meat and fish casseroles, soups, baked goods, egg and cheese quiches, veggie and tofu burgers, salads and salad dressings.
In fact thyme goes with just about every ingredient I can think of that you have in the kitchen.
The many varieties of thyme enhance you food with different flavours.
We even add thyme, parsley, sage and oregano to our dogs raw food diet.