Lemon thyme

What is Thyme and the particularities of Lemon Thyme

Thyme is a perennial shrubby plant that grows spontaneously in many regions of the world, but as it prefers a temperate climate and arid soils, it finds its maximum expansion in the areas bordering the Mediterranean. There are several species of Thyme, but among the most common we find: Thyme Maggiore, perhaps the most common in our area, which due to its characteristics is used both in cooking and in herbal medicine; Thyme Serpillo, able to modify both its appearance and your smell according to the climatic conditions and which thanks to its qualities is mainly used in herbal medicine; and Lemon Thyme. This unlike other species, contains essential oils thanks to which it has the characteristic lemon smell that makes it ideal for flavoring dishes.

Lemon Thyme: how to grow and store it correctly

Lemon Thyme is an incredibly hardy plant that doesn’t need a lot of attention once planted in the right environment. The fundamental problem to keep in mind is its predilection for sandy soils, therefore, especially in pot cultivation, it may be necessary to add a little sand: a soil that is not properly drained would cause the death of the roots. A long exposure to sunlight and, in the hottest period, small and frequent watering will be enough to keep the shrub in perfect health. During growth, like any shrub, Lemon Thyme tends to strip in the lower part of the trunk: it will be enough to prune it at the end of flowering to ensure that it always remains compact.

Lemon Thyme: suggestions for using it in the kitchen

Lemon Thyme is an ingredient that goes well with many preparations. Also known abroad, from France to America, it finds its place in many recipes and is capable of giving a distinctive and determined trait to different dishes because, if it is able to accompany both meat and fish, it also goes perfectly with salads, with cooked vegetables and tomatoes. It is possible to dry the Lemon Thyme, keeping the twigs in a shady but ventilated place, so that it can be used safely all year round and, unlike other fragrant herbs, its aroma will become decidedly more intense and decisive. With the Lemon Thyme, you can also prepare exquisite liqueurs and the thyme herbal tea could replace tea or coffee.

Lemon Thyme: Lemon Thyme: some historical curiosities

Thyme is a plant known since ancient times for its antiseptic and disinfectant qualities and its use ranges in different sectors. The Greeks cultivated lemon thyme to produce a delicious honey, while the Romans used it both to preserve food and, sprinkled with water and thyme, to become stronger and more vigorous. In the Middle Ages it was thought to be a good omen, while the Egyptians added it to the ointments used in the embalming process. Until the last century, Thyme was the main ingredient in disinfectants and a valid remedy for coughs, colds and other respiratory problems such as asthma. Furthermore, the thyme, used together with other drinks, was used to solve diuretic problems and treat urinary tract infections.

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