Thyme is native herb of Asia and Europe. There are 400 different species of thyme found in the wild. It is widely exploited for its medicinal properties. In many cultures, it is also used as a spice. Thyme has small pinkish, magenta or white colored flowers. The leaves exhibit yellow, green and gray colorations.
It is famous for its distinctive flavor and spicy smell. In fact, some species of thyme are grown to produce different smells. A few species of thyme creep onto the surface while others can grow in an upright position.
Thyme is used as a spice while cooking different food items. You can also use thyme for preparing teas, soups, dressings, sauces, non-vegetarian foods and honey. If you are planning to use thyme for this purpose, remember that the longer you freeze them, the better the moisture and flavor they would be. You can either freeze the leaves separately or chop them up finely. Add some amount of olive oil or butter to the chopped leaves and mix thoroughly. Store them in the freezer and use them whenever necessary.
Drying thyme also requires some amount of care. Tie thyme stems loosely in small bunches. Make sure the area is well ventilated. Spread it out on the floor and allow it to dry. You can pluck out the leaves, flowers and buds when it has completely dried. Store them in airtight containers, preferably in a cool, dark place.
Harvest the flowers before the sun is out in full glow but not before the dew has completely dried up.
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