This woody aromatic herb grows wild in most warm climates. It has a heady aroma and a sweet, pungent flavour. It is a popular addition to a variety of dishes in France and Italy.
Uses: In a selection of savoury dishes, especially tomato, chicken and game recipes. Thyme also adds a distinctive flavour to soups, vegetarian casseroles and stuffings and can be used as a garnish for cooked carrots. There are many different types of thyme, including lemon thyme which adds a subtle lemon flavour to fish and chicken dishes.
To store: Keep fresh thyme in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to 1 week. Store dried thyme in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.
To use: Thyme leaves are very tiny and should be stripped from the woody stem and rinsed thoroughly in cold water before adding to recipes.