Thymus vulgaris

Thymeis a genus of about 350 species of aromatic perennial herbs in the family Lamiaceae and native to Europ, North Africa, and Asia. Ancient Egyptians used thyme in embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing that thyme was a source of courage. It was thought that the spread of thyme throughout Europe was thanks to the Romans, as they used it to purify their rooms and to "give an aromatic flavour to cheese" and liqueurs."

Thyme likes a hot sunny location with good-draining soil. It is planted in the spring and thereafter grows as a perennial. It can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or by dividing rooted sections of the plant. It tolerates drought well.

Thyme retains its flavour on drying better than many other herbs. To use, remove the otp 1/3 portion of the plant when in full bloom and spread on newspaper in a well-ventilated room to dry. Then strip the leavees and flowering tops from the stem and store in a sealed container.






Rebecca Jordi
Horticulture Agent IV
County Extension Director
Contributing Editor