Characteristics of thyme

Thyme, a condiment plant native to the Mediterranean basin, comes from the lamiaceae family. This aromatic plant has a persistent, green foliage, and gives very small pink, white or even purple flowers, rich in essential oils. Thyme, planted in a vegetable patch, in a rock garden or even in a pot, can reach a little over thirty centimeters. Today there are over 300 species of thyme. The latter are mainly cultivated for cooking.

Flowering and thyme harvest

The flowering of thyme takes place almost all summer. Although it can be harvested all year round, this is the best period, because the thyme is particularly fragrant.

Planting and caring for thyme

Despite its Mediterranean origins, thyme resists frost well, if planted in well-drained, sandy soil. This aromatic plant needs a lot of sun to thrive. For maintenance, thyme requires pruning after three years to rejuvenate it, and cuttings every five or six years. Propagation by cuttings is done in spring, it is also possible to lay a stone.

Uses of thyme

Thyme can be used to season grills or sauces; it is also used as a bouquet garni. It also has digestive and antiseptic properties. Find thyme seeds from the store! Reference: Thyme: protective effects against free radicals on Passeport Santé.