Thyme is an herb with a bold and spicy flavour. It has small, pointed grey-green leaves attached to woody stems. The strong flavour of thyme is best suited to winter dishes and roasted meats and will withstand long cooking times.
Choose thyme with small, fresh looking leaves. Avoid leaves that have yellow or black patches. Store thyme in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to seven days.
To dry thyme for longer storage, gather it into small bundles and tie the stems together with cotton thread. Cut several holes in a paper bag and slip the bag over the bundle, taking care not to let the leaves touch the bag. Tie the bag to the stems and suspend the bundle upside down in a warm, dry room for about two weeks. Store dried thyme in an airtight container for up to six months.
Did you know? Thyme has a natural ability to repel insects. To make a clean and inexpensive insect repellent, pour hot, but not boiling water over several thyme leaves and allow the liquid to cool. Put the thyme tea in a plant mister and spray around doorways and windows to keep unwanted pests away.