Last spring, I planted two very small Thyme plants. How nice, I thought it would be to have fresh thyme to go into my countless recipes. Fresh homemade spaghetti sauce, roasted on vegetables, used on fresh meat. Oh boy was it. We enjoyed it throughout the summer and early fall...so did my friends and family.
I didn't read up on this delight when I planted it so there were a couple things that I didn't know. 1. That it will come back the following year. Herb gardening, besides cilantro, was somewhat new to me. 2. That it would make a beautiful addition to a flower garden where you need ground cover. 3. Ground cover indeed! I had no idea how quickly these tiny leaves could spread.
That is where I find myself today. Those two Thyme plants are trying to take over my herb section of my garden. They are about 2 feet in width and it isn't even the end of May! So I figured I better get on the ball and dry some for later use and defiantly give some away to other Thyme fans such as myself.
Did you know that if you wrap the thyme in a damp paper towel, you can store it in the fridge for up to a week? I wish the smell would resonate in my fridge, I think that would be wonderful.
Here are some useless facts:
-The Romans used thyme in the treatment of depression.
-In the Middle Ages, people placed it under their pillows to prevent nightmares and aid sleep.
-Oberon, the king of the fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, says, "I know a bank where the wild thyme blows," referring to the bed of thyme in which Titania, the fairy queen, sleeps.
-Hymettus honey from Greece is made from bees who gather pollen from wild thyme on Mount Hymettus.
-When the Greeks said that someone "smelled of thyme" it meant that the person was elegant, refined, and stylish.
I wonder if that applies to my refrigerator?
Off for now with an updated to do list that starts with thyme.