Thyme - Thymus mongolicus

Thyme - Thymus mongolicus

Thyme is a member of the Mint Family and comprises some 350 species, found across the globe. Thymes prefer a well drained poor soil and will tolerate drought conditions. In more northerly climates they will need protection from cold winds and wet winters. Trim after flowering and dead head to encourage bushy growth.

Thymes can be propagated by layering and taking cuttings from non-flowering shoots. As an evergreen , Thymes can be harvested all year. One of the more aromatic herbs, Thymes make excellent companion plants to control flea beetle, deter cabbage white butterfly and other cabbage pests.

Thymes have been used since ancient times, The Egyptians used the oils in embalming and the Greeks used it as incense in their temples.

Thymes are known to aid digestion and help break down fatty foods. It is one of the main ingredients in Bouquet Garni – see Bay.

Thyme Roasted Asparagus

a simple but delicious side dish

Place Asparagus in a roasting tin, lined with tin foil – allow a generous 100g per person. Toss Asparagus in olive oil and add a liberal sprinkling of chopped Thyme, salt and black pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, uncovered at 200 C.

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