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Regarded as having the best flavour of all the Thymes. Its leaves are narrower and distinctly more grey in colour compared to English Winter Thyme.  Protection should be given over the winter months to young plants.

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 French 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.  French thyme has a robust, earthy flavour with a subtle minty and lemony undertone.  It has a strong aromatic quality that adds depth and richness to dishes.

French thyme is a fundamental herb in French and Mediterranean cooking, where it is often used to flavour soups, stews, sauces, roasts, and a wide range of other savory dishes. It pairs well with various ingredients, such as poultry, lamb, beef, vegetables, and legumes. It's a key component in herbes de Provence, a popular herb blend used in French cuisine.  

French 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.

French Thyme - Thymus vulgarise

  • French 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.

    Seeded from earlyn spring to early autumn and takes 14-21 days to propogate providing the soil temperature is 18-25 C.

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