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