Thyme is the herb of some members of the genus Thymus of aromatic perennial evergreen herbs in the mint family Lamiaceae. Thymes are relatives of the oregano genus Origanum. They have culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses, and the species most commonly cultivated and used for culinary purposes is Thymus vulgaris.
Thyme is sold both fresh and dried. While summer-seasonal, fresh greenhouse thyme is often available year-round. The fresh form is more flavourful and less convenient; storage life is rarely more than a week. However, the fresh form can last many months if carefully frozen.
Thyme is typically used in savory dishes like braised or roasted meat, vegetables, fish, and savory baking. Thyme also adds flavor and depth to marinades, soups and stocks, cocktail elements, and teas.
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