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A popular herb that is well-loved in culinary applications, particularly in English, Mediterranean, and European cuisine. It is closely related to French thyme and other varieties of thyme. 

English thyme is a perennial herb that typically grows to a height of about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters). It has woody stems covered with small, gray-green leaves.  The leaves of English thyme are elliptical in shape, very small (usually less than half an inch in length), and highly aromatic.  It produces tiny, pale purple to pink flowers in clusters during the summer months.  English thyme has a robust, earthy flavour with a slightly minty and lemony undertone. It has a strong aromatic quality that adds depth and richness to dishes.

English thyme is a versatile herb that is used to flavour a wide range of dishes, including soups, stews, sauces, roasts, and grilled meats.

It pairs well with various ingredients, such as poultry, lamb, beef, vegetables, and legumes.  English thyme is a key component in traditional herb blends like bouquet garni and mixed herbs.  

English thyme, has a history of use in traditional herbal medicine. It was employed to treat various ailments, particularly respiratory issues, due to its potential antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  Thyme tea is sometimes consumed for its soothing and respiratory benefits.

English Thyme - Thymus Vulgaris

  • English thyme is a hardy herb that is relatively easy to grow. It thrives in well-drained soil and full sun.  It can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, or by dividing established plants. Pruning and harvesting can help encourage bushier growth.

    Growing from seed any time from early spring to early autumn.  Best sown in pots/trays and transplanted .  Takes 14-21 days to germinate providing the temperature is a consistant 18-25C.

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