Thymus vulgaris / Common Thyme Mini Stem : 1.5L : 28-30cm High (exc pot)
Thyme is a low growing herbaceous plant, sometimes becoming somewhat woody. It is native to southern Europe where it is often cultivated as a culinary herb. Typically it grows as a subshrub.
Thyme can be used to add a distinctive aromatic flavouring to sauces, stews, stuffings, meats and poultry. Try it with anything.
In medieval times the plant symbolized courage. Knights departing for the Crusades received scarves embroidered with a sprig of thyme from their ladies.
Thyme is widely used in Italian and French cuisine, it pairs well with fish, lamb, poultry, tomatoes and is great with vegetables in particular roasted potatoes. Often used in soups, stews and stocks - it is an essential component of the bouquet garni and herbes de Provence that are often used in Italian cooking and sauces. It combines well with other herbs including rosemary, marjoram, parsley, sage, oregano and bay leaf. Thyme has a strong flavour so only a little is required.