A shrubby herb with tiny greyish-green leaves full of intense aromatic oil, which gives depth of flavour to meaty casseroles, stews, and roasted vegetables. Thyme flavours, marinades and partners rich oily fish such as sardines. It is used to make a bouquet garni with bay leaves and parsley. There are many varieties, for a change, try spicy lemon thyme instead.
How to cook
Thyme sprigs can be added whole to dishes or the leaves can be pulled off and chopped and rubbed over meat and chicken before grilling or barbecuing. Try our delicious lemon and thyme chicken with spaghetti recipe.
Look at our cooking tips on what to do with leftover thyme.