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Do you have the Thyme?


The past several weeks we have been visiting the places where our spices are grown and processed.  Starting with California where Sea Salt and pepper are found.  Last week we moved on to Spain to learn about the Sweet Smoked Spanish paprika that is found in abundance.  From Spain we are moving north into France to learn about French Thyme.  Four of our five blends use French Thyme as part of their recipes.  They include, Lemon Pepper, All American, Mountain Top Garlic and South of the Border.

This herb’s native region, encompasses countries around the Mediterranean Sea, including France, Spain, Italy, and Greece, where it grows wild and is extensively cultivated.  French thyme the variety we have chosen to use in our blends, is a specific variety of thyme known for its delicate leaves and strong flavor.

It has been used for centuries in cooking, herbal medicine, and even embalming in ancient Egypt.

This herb has a strong, slightly minty flavor with hints of lemon and woodiness. It's commonly used to flavor a variety of dishes such as soups, stews, sauces, roasted meats, and vegetables. Fresh thyme leaves can be used to add flavor to raw vegetables, particularly in salads or as a garnish. It can also be used in baking, particularly in savory bread, focaccia, or as a seasoning for crackers.

While fresh thyme is preferred for its flavor and aroma, dried thyme can also be used when fresh is unavailable.

Store fresh thyme in the refrigerator wrapped in a damp paper towel or keep dried thyme in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Thyme pairs well with other herbs like rosemary, sage, and oregano, as well as with garlic, lemon, and olive oil.

Thyme is a versatile herb that can enhance the flavor profile of a wide variety of dishes. Its earthy, slightly floral, and somewhat minty flavor complements both vegetable and meat dishes beautifully.

Incorporate thyme into marinades to infuse meats with its flavor.

Add fresh or dried thyme early in the cooking process for stews and roasts to allow its flavors to meld with the dish.

Use fresh thyme leaves as a garnish on cooked dishes to add a burst of flavor and color.

Thyme is a versatile herb that can enhance the flavor profile of a wide variety of dishes. Its earthy, slightly floral, and somewhat minty flavor complements both vegetable and meat dishes beautifully.


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