Thyme is known for its numerous medicinal properties. It can be used as an antiseptic, fungicide and insecticide. It is also popularly used for seasoning a variety of cuisines and dishes like soups, meats, poultry, vegetables, fillings stews, etc. It imparts a bittersweet taste and a unique flavor to any recipe making it very popular among the masses.
You can use the stems, leaves, flowers and even buds in a dried or fresh state for seasoning different meals. Lemon thyme is very commonly used for seasoning fish. It has a strong tangy taste and adds to the aroma. You can simply chop the leaves and sprinkle them over. You can also use thyme oil for cooking.
If you are planning to grow a thyme plant at home, remember to keep it in a place, which has sufficient sunlight. It requires a lot of water too, so do not forget to water the plant whenever you notice the soil to be too dry. Failing to do so might lead to withering and death of the plant. You can also sprinkle insecticides to prevent weed attacks. If you want your plant to flourish and grow at a faster rate, you can simply cut the stems a little during winter and cut a little bit more the next spring.
You can harvest the plant when it starts blooming. Harvest the plant only once during its first year. In the subsequent years, you can harvest the plants twice per season. Cutting the flowers along with the leaves will encourage rapid growth. Harvest them when the dew has complete dried out. Never harvest them when the sun is shining too brightly.
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