Thyme (Thymus)

All you need to know about thyme
Lauren Bonar Swezey

Small, pungent leaves grow on stems up to 1 foot tall. White to lilac flowers appear in late spring to early summer. Perennial. Zones 1-24.

BEST CULINARY VARIETIES: English or common (T. vulgaris), French (T. vulgaris variety), golden lemon (T. x citriodorus 'Aureus'), and lemon (T. x citriodorus), pictured at left.

GROWING TIP: Use as a low edging for vegetable or herb gardens.

HARVEST TIP: For best flavor, cut back before flowers appear. Hold foliage like a ponytail and shear it to about 6 inches tall.

USES: Bouquets garnis, breads, casseroles, cheeses, eggs, fish, grains, marinades, meats, mushrooms, poultry, soups, stews, tomato-based sauces, and vegetables.