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Thyme

Also Known As : Hindi : Banajwain, Malayalam : Thottathulasi, Punjabi : Marizha, Masho, Rangsbur and Urdu : Hasha
Technical Name : Thymus vulgaris

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

It has a piney and peppery taste with bitter, slightly lemony and minty notes.

Usage Tips

  1. Thyme can be used to season stocks, stews and soups.
  2. It goes well with seafood, red meat and poultry.
  3. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a plastic bag.
  4. It can also be used to flavor marinades with sea salt, rosemary, lemon zest and olive oil.
  5. It releases its flavors slowly so it is favored in slow and long cooking preparation.
  6. Thyme can be added to root vegetables and autumn fruits.

Common names and forms

  1. Thyme Leaves

Description

Thyme has tiny rounded leaves growing in clusters around its thinly wooded stems. It is a perennial herb and member of the mint family, Labiatae. It is a delicate herb in appearance. Younger leaves are bright green in color and fade to grey-green with age. Its flavor counters its appearance with bold nuances of its essential oil, thymol. Thyme is originated in southern Europe and the Mediterranean. It is grown in the hills of Greece and other western Mediterranean countries. It is used in Mediterranean cuisine. It is available throughout the year.

Health benefits

  • Thyme contains Vitamin A which helps to improve eyesight.(1)
  • Thyme contains antiseptic and antibiotic properties that helps to treat colds, coughs and sore throat.(1)
  • It also helps to reduce heart disease.(1)
  • It contains antibacterial properties, that helps in maintaining skin health by eliminating the bacteria that is responsible for causing various skin problems.(1)
  • It is a good source of Vitamin K and an excellent source of iron, calcium and manganese, that helps in promoting proper bone growth and development, and reducing the risk of bone disorders.(1)
  • It also has anti-inflammatory properties in it, which makes it helpful in the treatment of menstrual cramps, and any other forms of spasms in the body.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose fresh thyme with bright-colored leaves. Avoid those leaves that are wilted, dried out, or black.

Note

It contains compounds such as thymol and carvacrol which might cause irritation of the mucuous membranes in people who are sensitive. Pregnant women should avoid the use of Thyme as it may cause miscarriage.(2)

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